An early analysis of the informal Apple pay equity survey shows a 6% wage gap between the salaries of men and women, according to software engineer Cher Scarlett. That’s similar to the gender wage gap in San Francisco, which hovers around five percent, but disappointing for a company that claims people of all genders “earn the same when engaging in similar work with comparable experience and performance,” notes The Verge.
The article notes that the results are aren’t scientific. Employees opted into the survey and only 2,000 people responded (out of the 147,000 employees Apple estimated in 2020).
“We know pay equity was a problem in the past and Apple did something to fix it, but we’re having this conversation again because we’re seeing gaps in certain areas of the company and we want to know what Apple will do to prevent it from happening year-over-year,” Scarlett told The Verge.
The article says a small group of Apple employees, including Scarlett and members of the data analysis organization, will present the results to Apple’s people team this week.
As for Apple’s claims of pay equity for all employees, here’s what the tech giant says on its Inclusion & Diversity web page:
° The number of employees from underrepresented communities (URCs)1 has increased by 64%, or over 18,000 people, and makes up nearly 50% of Apple’s U.S. workforce.
° The number of Black employees in the U.S. has grown by more than 50%, with a 60% increase in leadership.
° The number of Hispanic/Latinx employees in the U.S. has grown by more than 80%, with a 90% increase in leadership.
° The number of female employees worldwide has grown more than 70%, with an 85% increase in leadership.