The report published by the New York Times, which showed the gender pay gap was pushed back by Google and called it “extremely flawed”. This report was made on the basis of the data compiled by the employees in a shared internal spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet which had been circulated in 2015, contained salary details for around 1200 Google US employees, which is 2% of the company. The employees were encouraged to share their salary details, as their colleagues could negotiate better pay.
The details mentioned in this sheet showed that the female employees were paid significantly less than their male counterparts. For example, the male “Level One” (entry-level) workers were paid around $55,900; whereas their female counterparts received an average of $40,300. As the levels increased, so did the pay gap.
According to the latest tech news published in Business insider, the women in Level Seven earn a higher average salary base of $248,500, as compared to the men in the same position, who receive $219,691. Although the male employees earn less, they are entitled to a higher average bonus.
When the company was asked about this matter, Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano said that the NYT’s analysis was ‘extremely flawed’ and did not take the different types of positions in the company into consideration. According to her, the report is flawed because it does not include factors such as location, role, tenure or performance. Scigliano clarified that the story is comparing the compensation of, for example, a high-performing Level 5 engineer in the Bay Area with a low-performing Level 5 non-technical employee working in a different location, which does not make sense at all. According to her, “We do rigorous compensation analyses and when you compare like-for-like, women are paid 99.7% of what men are paid at Google.”
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