July 18, 2019

Does Google Underpay Male Employees?

“Since 2012, Google has conducted an annual review to see whether different groups of employees are paid equally. You might expect the 2018 results to fall in line with the familiar gender pay-gap narrative – women systematically earn less than men – especially considering Google is facing a class-action lawsuit alleging the company does just that.

But that’s not what the review found. It showed that – at least within one large group of software engineers – men are paid less than women. If that sounds like a “surprising trend” you “didn’t expect,” then you’re in the same boat as Lauren Barbato, Google’s lead analyst for pay equity.

In a blog post for Google, Barbato wrote that male Level 4 software engineers received less discretionary funds than their female colleagues who worked similar jobs in 2018. (Men, by the way, account for 69 percent of the company’s workforce.) But she suggested the analysis only shows “part of the story” of pay structure at Google.”

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