9% of top US tech execs are women, survey says

By Sharon Machlis

Women are a majority of 25- to 69-year-olds but represent just 9% of top tech executives. That's according to results from a recent Harvey Nash CIO survey, which included 369 CIOs, CTOs and vice presidents of IT in the U.S., most at organizations with budgets of more than $1 million. Note that the education sector was not included, and government only represented about 1% of respondents.

While that's better than the 3.9% of Fortune 1000 CEOs who are female, its still a pretty dismal showing.

"The survey says the most important value women add to the IT function is ability to form good relationships with the business," spokesman Laura Field wrote in an email. "45% of CIOs say women's most positive impact is in innovation and creativity. But women aren't at the table to build these relationships and add innovation and creativity."

Some good news? Salaries appeared pretty similar at the CIO level globally, with a difference of just 1.4% between the average female CIO's $201,944 base salary and male CIO's $204,854.

Sharon Machlis is online managing editor at Computerworld. Her e-mail address is smachlis@computerworld.com. You can follow her on Twitter  @sharon000, on Facebook, on Google+ or by subscribing to her RSS feeds:
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