Michigan - By at least one metric, men
and women in technology are treated the same: As they get older, they
struggle to get hired in equal measures.
Regardless of gender, people aged 52 to 70 are 60% less likely
to be hired for a tech job than their participation in the workforce
would suggest, according to new research from Visier, a
Vancouver-based human resource analytics software company.
younger workers, between 34 and 51, are 33 percent less likely,
according to the data.
“It seems that ageism is at the top of the pile,” said Dave Weisbeck,
chief operating officer at Visier. Complaints about age discrimination
at the largest tech companies outnumber those for gender or race, he
Large tech companies are already fighting the perception that their
decks are stacked in favor of men in their 20s. Alphabet’s Google
is facing a class-action lawsuit that alleges it systematically pays men
more than women.
Microsoft and Twitter were both sued in
2015 by female engineers who claimed men are favoured for advancement.
Google, HP, and Tesla are among companies accused of ageism in
hiring and firing decisions in recent years. The HP and Tesla cases are
going to arbitration and the other cases are pending.
The data showed that older workers in tech firms find more success
than employees over 40 in other industries, where performance ratings
tend to decline after 40, he said.
The study drew from a database of
330 000 US-based workers at 43 large companies, with 63 000 workers
and 13 companies in tech. The research showed that when older workers
are hired, they tend be paid and otherwise treated fairly.
"In tech you want these people who are willing to go to join a
startup, put in incredible hours and weekends, and make it happen,"
Weisbeck said. "There’s a bias that says, those are the younger ones.
But there is a balance to be obtained through wisdom and experience."
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