Different factors create job satisfaction for men and women in IT

TechRepublic has just published its 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report, created in conjunction with Global Knowledge.

For a look at salary and job trends, download our just released 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report. This comprehensive survey, from Global Knowledge in conjunction with TechRepublic, offers glimpses into the areas that affect your working life as an IT pro. Over 19,500 IT pros responded to the survey, which is a 12% increase over last year. In addition to the usual breakdown of salary by job role, industry, and geographic location, there are also sections on:

  • Trends in base pay, bonuses, and benefits
  • The impact of training and certification on salary (positive)
  • Factors that influence job satisfaction

On the job satisfaction front, I found the following statistics to be interesting. The report says:

Several important differences exist between men and women in regard to factors associated with job satisfaction. Women are significantly more interested in new responsibilities (65% vs.57%), work/life balance (83% vs. 77%), communication with peers and management (66% vs. 56%), and respect for the

work performed (88% vs. 81%).

Of course, the report couldn't drill down into the reasons why women are more interested in new responsibilities, but I wonder why that would be. Any thoughts?

By Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.