One in five women IT workers have been sexually harassed during their careers, sparking calls for urgent action in the male-dominated sector.
Professionals Australia surveyed 343 people as part of its annual remuneration report into the information and communications technology industry.
More than 56 per cent of women experienced gender discrimination in the past three years, compared with just 2.8 per cent of men.
Just over 20 per cent of women reported being sexually harassed.
ICT continues to be heavily male-dominated with women making up just 28 per cent of the workforce, well below 45 per cent across other professional industries.
Less than two-thirds of respondents said there were workplace policies in place to promote diversity.
Professionals Australia chief executive Jill McCabe said the findings were a wake-up call for an industry that had failed to take meaningful action to support women.
“This report clearly demonstrates that more needs to be done to attract, retain and support women working the ICT sector,” she told AAP.
“Discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace are illegal, damage the careers of affected workers and impact negatively on their health and safety.”
Ms McCabe urged all leaders across the industry to reshape their organisations to embed a culture of respect.
“Instilling greater diversity, fairness and balance into ICT workplaces is an investment which will return long-term social and economic benefits for the future of the sector,” she said.
The union survey also found overall earnings were up 1.4 per cent, while more than four in every 10 workers didn’t receive a pay increase in the past year.
The reported mean base salary was $113,606 for males compared with $109,000 for females, meaning women earned almost 96 per cent of men’s earnings.
Almost a quarter of ICT workers felt anxiety of mental stress due to the coronavirus pandemic.