Software firms across the enterprise landscape are slowly taking steps to bridge the gender pay gap on DevOps teams.
To actively contribute to closing the gender pay gap, software firms across the enterprise organizations are taking initiatives, as per a new survey by Puppet. As per its report titled “2021 DevOps Salary Report,” women are steadily increasing their earning status across different regions, industries and roles.
Puppet conducted a survey of over 2,600 technology professionals and found significant growth across multiple high-income wage brackets. The research also revealed that other countries are slowly catching up with the US in high salary pay.
Another 2022 finding from Pew Research Center also revealed that women employees who are under 30 and live in a few cities are also seeing a gender gap close. The researchers at Pew analyzed Census Bureau data on pay and found that women under the age of 30 earn the same amount or more than their male counterparts in 2022 across 250 US metropolitan areas. However, the national scenario shows that women in the same age group working on a full-time basis earn about 93 cents on the dollar compared with men in the same age group.
Pew Research also found that:
- Over 2X the number of women has entered the USD 150,000-plus salary range than the year before: 17% in 2021 compared to 8% in 2020 and 10% in 2019.
- In France, 45% of tech professionals (managers and employees) earned around USD 75,000 plus in 2021, compared to 38% in 2019.
- The survey respondents operating in financial services earned the highest salaries, followed by those working in the healthcare and technology industries.
The report from Puppet also revealed that there is a connection between team salaries as well as the implementation of DevOps. Additionally, organizations at a mature level of their DevOps evolution continue to provide higher salaries to their employees at the highest level. In fact, as per the report, practitioners’ salaries have been doubled while managerial wages tripled from 2020 to 2021. Moreover, the share of employees earning over USD 150,000 at high-evolution firms has increased by 2X to 20% in 2021 from 8% in 2020.
A few challenges reported by respondents in their DevOps journey include:
Most respondents stated that they find it difficult to advance from the middle phase of evolution to the highest stage. Additionally, the report also found that most organizations are currently stuck in the middle stage of the transition. This shows organizations are facing difficulties while scaling their DevOps project. Lack of buy-in from executives, low momentum behind the effort, and separate DevOps team position between the development and operations groups are hurting the DevOps at scale.
Succeeding in their DevOps requires the organization to understand their respective organizations at the low, middle, and high end of the middle stage. Additionally, they need to understand that cultural and operational blocker may be hampering their evolution.