Dice Report Details Racial and Gender Discrimination in Tech

Dice’s recent Equality in Tech Report presents data gathered from more than 9,000 technologists, who were surveyed regarding their perceptions of racial and gender discrimination within the tech industry. 

Overall, according to the report, women are far more likely to believe that gender inequality exists in tech. In fact, the report states, "58 percent of technologist respondents who identified as women stated they believe discrimination occurs frequently or very frequently, compared to 31 percent of men." Additionally, 57 percent of women reported directly experiencing some form of gender discrimination, compared with 10 percent of men.

For the purposes of the report, says Nick Kolakowski, Dice “defined discrimination as the practice of letting a person’s gender, race or skin color unfairly become a factor when deciding who receives a job, promotion, or other employment benefit. Discrimination is a form of social inequality.” 

In regard to racial discrimination, 55 percent of Black respondents “believe that racial inequality occurs frequently or very frequently in the tech industry,” followed by:

  • Hispanic/Latinx: 39%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 31% 
  • White: 30% 
  • Asian Indian: 22%

Black respondents also more frequently experienced racial discrimination, as seen in the following breakdown:

  • Black: 48%
  • Hispanic/Latinx: 30%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 25% 
  • Asian Indian: 23% 
  • White: 9% 

According to the report, women also outnumber men in believing that diversity is beneficial to a company. For example, 71 percent of women and 57 percent of men believe that diversity improves innovation, while 45 percent of women and 34 percent of men believe that a diverse workforce improves company profits.