The annual study carried out Google about the wages he pays his employees was designed to detect any gap related to gender and race, to correct it before it was a problem. But the technology found that it was paying less to men than women for doing the same job and now has to compensate thousands of male employees affected by this discrimination, as announced by the technological giant on Monday in an entry of his blog.
"Remuneration should be based on what you do, not on who you are," says Lauren Barbato, who is in charge of analyzing pay equality in Google. The company, he explains, has an algorithm that determines pay based on the work the employee does, the place where he works, his position and his performance. If the address wants to adjust it "it should provide a clear argument," he adds.
The statistical analysis that the company performs annually revealed a discrepancy in the program engineers that led them to make an adjustment in the payments. The company announces that it will distribute 9.7 million dollars (about 8.6 million euros) to compensate 10,677 employees for having received less money in 2018 because of their gender or race. It is not specified how many of them are men.
Google, like other large technology firms established in Silicon Valley, is under intense scrutiny on issues related to gender. Salary discrimination is one of them, but also sexual harassment. The employees of Alphabet recently staged a day of protests all over the world to force executives to act.
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, had almost 99,000 employees at the end of 2018. The result of the analysis caused a surprise among the press specialized in technological issues, because what was being denounced until now was that the wage gap hurt women. It also draws attention to the diligence with which the problem is corrected, when it took years for technology companies to admit the problem with gender and race.
Seven out of every 10 Google employees are men, a figure that goes up to 75% in management positions. In addition, 53% of employees are white and 36% are Asian, while blacks and Latinos represent just 2.5% and 3.6% respectively. The Mountain View technology admits that it must do more to have a more diverse workforce, a problem that also recognizes the rest of the great players in the technology industry.
The annual study conducted by Google since 2012 to determine pay equity, however, is not perfect and offers an incomplete picture. For example, it does not specify whether an engineer receives the same remuneration when hired as a man with the same qualifications. Barbato says that procedures are being reviewed to solve these structural problems.