New Survey of IT Professionals Documents Perceptions of Racism in the High-Tech Sector

Dice is the leading database for technology professionals, managing over 9 million profiles in the United States. The platform helps technology professionals manage their careers and employers connect with highly skilled tech talent.

The company recently released a new report that examines perceptions of racism and discrimination in the high-tech industry by employees who work in the field. Following are some highlights from the report.

  • More than half of Black technologist respondents (55 percent) believe that racial inequality occurs frequently or very frequently in the tech industry. This is the highest of any ethnic or racial group in the survey.
  • Black respondents were more likely to have witnessed all types of racial discrimination at a significantly higher level than all groups, with leadership opportunities (51 percent) and salary and benefits (50 percent) being the most common forms of discrimination.
  • Although 60 percent of White technologist respondents reported being satisfied with their salary, only 50 percent of Black technologists could say the same.
  • White technologists were significantly more satisfied with their careers overall (at 69 percent) compared to their Black peers (61 percent).
  • While 43 percent of White technologists said they had no intention of switching jobs, only 27 percent of Blacks working in the field said the same.
  • According to the data, technologists generally assign importance to their company making policy changes that support the Black Lives Matter anti-racist and inclusion movement. Seventy-one percent of Black respondents said these changes were either extremely or moderately important. But only 43 percent of White technologists agreed.

The full report, Equality in Tech: Technologist Perception of Race and Gender Equality and Discrimination, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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