- Women at Google make on average six percent less than their male counterparts at mid-level jobs, according to research conducted by a former employee
- The women at this level make on average $11,000 then men, but Google says the picture of how they are paid is incomplete
- The sample accounted for two percent of Google’s workforce and was provided by employees
- In August, James Damore was fired from the tech giant after sending out a company-wide memo claiming men were discriminated against at Google
Google pays women less than men at most job levels despite claiming it is a progressive place to work.
Women earn up to $15,600 (£11,800) a year less than men even though they are in similar positions, according to a spreadsheet drawn up by the tech giant’s own workers.
Female employees also earn lower bonuses than men and are awarded up to $7,100 (£5,400) less than their male counterparts.
The spreadsheet was drawn up by a former Google employee who wanted to help colleagues negotiate better salaries.
An ex Google employee claimed men made more money than their female counterparts for the same job. Google has alleged she is not considering important factors
The figures are likely to add to the debate about sexism in Silicon Valley – and they come after Google fired one of its senior engineers who said the gender pay gap is down to biological differences between men and women.
Despite its lofty ambitions, Google admits there is ‘more work to be done’ on equality and its own statistics reveal that women make up 31 per cent of the company compared to 69 per cent for men.
The spreadsheet revealed pay for men and women covering six bands of jobs covering everything from entry level programmers to executives.
It was self-reported by 1,200 US staff – 2 per cent of the global workforce – meaning it is not a comprehensive analysis.
But the disparities are startling and at five of the six job levels women are paid less than men.
At level one, the lowest, women earned $40,300 (£30,500) compared to $55,900 (£42,300) for men, a difference of $15,600 (£11,800), the biggest out of all employees.
At level two women earned more than men, $76,600 (£58,000) compared to $71,200 (£53,900) for men.
Last month Google engineer James Damore was fired after a company-wide memo he sent about women was leaked
At level three, the entry level for technical positions, women earned $106,700 (£80,800) compared to $112,400 (£85,100) for men.
At level four women earned $125,000 (£94,600) versus $136,600 (£103,400) and at level five the numbers were $153,500 (£116,200) for women compared to $162,200 (£122,800) for men.
At level six, executive level, women were paid $193,200 (£146,300) versus $197,600 (£149,600) for their male counterparts.
For bonuses women were awarded less than men at three of the six levels.
The biggest disparity was at level six where women earned $40,700 (£30,800) in bonuses compared to $47,800 (£36,200) for men, a difference of $7,100 (£5,400).
Natasha Lamb, director of equity research and shareholder engagement at Arjuna Capital, an activist wealth management firm, said: ‘Silicon Valley has established itself as the boys’ club of the West, just like how Wall Street has established itself as the boys’ club of the East’.
Google recently suffered a backlash over a 10-page memo written by James Damore, a former engineer at the company.
He argued that biological differences between men and women are the cause of the gender gap at Google and the broader tech industry.
When Google fired Mr Damore, 28, it was accused of stifling free speech – and other male staff came forward to support him.
Google likes to portray itself as a progressive place to work and often talks about its liberal values.
At its sprawling 26 acre campus in Mountain View, California, there is no dress code and staff get free gourmet meals at on-site canteens.
Employees, who are known as ‘Googlers’, can bring their pets to work, get free buses from their home to the office and free massages if they have an injury.
The company faces more turmoil later this month when James Finberg, a US civil rights lawyer, is expected to file a class action lawsuit against the firm for ‘substantial gender disparities’.
Google has previously claimed that women earn 99.7 cents for every dollar a man earns when all factors are taken into consideration.
Eileen Naughton, Google’s vice president of people operations, said that the spreadsheet is
‘not a representative sample’ of its staff pay.
She said that there was a ‘premium paid in all markets for highly technical talent’, and Google was no different.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online