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Europe’s gender pay gap is 26 percent in the tech industry, where does your country rank?

We examine the gender pay gap in Europe's tech industry and how the upcoming EU Pay Transparency Directive seeks to bridge the divide.
Europe’s gender pay gap is 26 percent in the tech industry, where does your country rank?

From International Women’s Day to the EU’s Equal Pay Day, conversations surrounding the gender pay gap aren’t a recent development. 

But when you consider that the gender pay gap in Europe currently sits at 26 percent, according to new research from Ravio, it’s obvious that a lot more needs to be done to tackle the issue. 

One way the EU is hoping to do this is at the legislative level via the upcoming EU Pay Transparency Directive.

Enforceable by June 2026, companies are under increasing pressure to not only address potential pay discrepancies between male and female employees but also resolve any gender-based inequalities when it comes to pay ahead of the deadline. 

According to the research, the biggest inequalities in tech occur in more junior roles which are mostly held by women (41 percent of all female tech workers). 

Interestingly, women who hold executive positions or have reached C-suite status (19 percent of all female tech workers) report that no pay gap exists. 

Consistent framework is needed

And when you drill down further into the data, certain European countries are better than others at addressing the issue, further highlighting that a consistent framework is needed. 

The Ravio data established that France has the narrowest pay gap at 18 percent, followed by the Netherlands at 23 percent and Germany at 25 percent. The UK, which has a pay gap of 29 percent, will not have to adhere to the legislation, however, companies that employ people within the EU must comply. 

Under the new EU legislation, pay levels and career progression frameworks will have to be made available to all employees. The secrecy surrounding how much staff are being paid will also be banned.

Employers will also have to disclose the salaries of “categories of workers”, for example, what junior staff members across multiple departments are earning. 

In the meantime, if you feel like your current employer isn’t being transparent about pay or career progression within your role, it could be time to start considering your options and looking for a new job.

If that is the case, the Tech EU Job Board is the perfect place to focus your search. It features thousands of tech openings across Europe, including the three below. 

Senior Java Software Engineer, Western Union, Madrid

Do you view integrations in the retail financial industry as more than just APIs and microservices, and instead see it as an opportunity to improve the digital banking customer experience? If so, this Senior Java Software Engineer opportunity at Western Union could be the perfect fit.

In this role, you will lead work on innovative, actionable and efficient technology solutions to drive microservices development, demonstrate strong capabilities in assessing business needs while providing creative and effective solutions in conformance to emerging technology standards, and collaborate with other engineers to develop technical and domain expertise and apply these learnings in solving product challenges. Find out more here

Fraud Data Analyst, EBA Clearing, Paris

EBA Clearing is owned by 48 of the major banks operating in Europe and is based on a country-neutral governance model. Its FPAD Competence Centre (FCC) is responsible for the development and maintenance of fraud detection models for EBA CLEARING FPAD functionality. This requires data analysis and modelling as well as a good understanding of fraud developments and the needs of its users, supporting them in understanding FPAD functioning and results and helping investigate specific cases.

As such, this Fraud Data Analyst will monitor model and data quality in production, find new emerging fraud characteristics by exploring the vast transaction data underlying its FPAD solution, build new features that help detect fraudulent transactions and develop state-of-the-art AI models against billions of historical transactions. See the full job description here

Software Engineer (m/f/d), Thermondo GmbH, Berlin-Kreuzberg

Thermondo GmbH is looking for a Software Engineer to join its international tech team. Working on its Ellie tool, you will be responsible for the optimal allocation of the in-house workforce, ensuring the right team is sent to the right place at the right time.

Day-to-day, you will collaborate closely with an interdisciplinary team, engaging in product discovery, planning, and implementing user-focused solutions, take ownership of and lead the development of software solutions and create user-friendly solutions, geared toward driving business value. You will also be expected to establish and uphold engineering standards while advocating for improvements and providing guidance and coaching to team members, including non-technical roles. Want to know more? Access additional details here.

For thousands more tech jobs across Europe, visit the Tech EU Job Board

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