Sopra Steria also reports a median pay gap of 36.7% and bonus gap data of 55% and 75% for the mean and media respectively.
Of its 3,555 UK workforce, over 33% are female, compared to the global technology average of just 21%. Combined with a UK Board where over one in three members are female (36%), this places Sopra Steria ahead of the curve for the technology sector. Nevertheless, the report shows that overall, there are more men in senior positions within the organisation, which combined with the struggle to attract female talent in the technology sector, goes some way towards explaining the gap.
The business is committed to tackling these issues and as such, the report revealed the action already underway to move towards gender parity. Steps include becoming a founding signatory of the Tech Talent Charter (include link), supporting the development of Sopra Steria’s Women’s Network, the launch of its first Women in Technology Conference and the roll-out of a Returnship Programme, underpinned by research commissioned with Tech UK, available to view here.
Commenting on the report, Karen Finn, Sopra Steria HR Director, said: “Our business has a proud history of gender diversity. One of our founding firms was dedicated to giving women the opportunity to work in information technology. The Government’s move to create transparency on gender pay disparities throughout the UK is a welcome step, causing us to pause and reflect on how we are honouring our rich heritage. While our report does not paint the whole picture, it highlights the work we must do to better recognise the contributions made by our diverse workforce. We are not alone in addressing this challenge; the technology sector as a whole must move closer towards equality in the profiles and remuneration of its talent. From encouraging more girls into STEM careers through to finding creative solutions for retaining and developing women in the workforce, we must take action so that our sector can be enriched by the different experiences and perspectives of the people within it.”
To read Sopra Steria’s Gender Pay Gap report in full, visit the Gender Diversity section of this website.