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Women in Hi-Tech R&D Roles Soar by 130% in Last Decade

The number of women holding research and development (R&D) roles in the hi-tech industry has soared by 130% over the past decade, according to a report published on Thursday, March 7, by the Israel Innovation Authority.

The report, prepared in collaboration with the Aaron Institute for Economic Policy at Reichman University, was released ahead of International Women’s Day. It showed that 38% of women in the tech industry held R&D positions in 2023, up from 28% in 2013.

Since 2014, 28,000 women have been added to the field of R&D. When looking at the gender segmentation of each position, women still lag behind men.

The relative share of women among all jobs in R&D increased by 0.3% from 23.1% in 2014 to 26.1% in 2023. This means that it would take until 2035 for women to fill around 30% of R&D positions and almost 50 years to achieve gender equality in R&D positions.

According to the criteria established by the Perlmutter Committee for Human Capital in High-Tech, there were about 561,000 female and male employees in hi-tech positions in Israel in 2023 – around a third of them women, mostly Jewish and non-ultra-Orthodox.

Finally, the IIA partnered with the Trump Foundation to examine gender wage gaps in hi-tech, releasing preliminary numbers for the first time. The study showed that women earn about 20% less than men in hi-tech roles. Even when looking at only R&D positions, women earn about 84% of men’s wages. (JPost / VFI News)

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