Digital Skills Are Essential In Bridging The Pay Gap

Digital Skills Are Essential In Bridging The Pay Gap

In his Department of Labor blog, Labor Secretary Tom Perez writes "[t]here is a pragmatic calculation" to creating a more equal work environment for men and women alike.

Though the Equal Pay Act approaches its 53rd anniversary in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a gender-based pay gap still exists -- and it's particularly striking in IT and management fields. Women in computer/mathematical careers earn 79.9% compared to men, and 77.5% women in management.

Those particularly stark differences underscore the importance of "digital fluency" in bridging the pay gap. SHRM reports that gap won't be bridged for another 50 years, however, a full century after Pres. John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law.

An employer getting ahead in a projected 50-year process certainly fits the "pragmatic calculation" Sec. Perez touts. Ongoing technological education is a vital step for women in the workforce breaking through the pay disparity.