Why are people quitting high paid tech jobs?

By Oliver Smith 3 May 2017

Thought the workplace of the future would be utopian? Think again.

If you’re not working in the tech industry yet, you might be soon, as the sector engulfs more and more professions.

But as we retrain to enter this industry, lured by the promise of higher paying jobs, what does this workplace of the future look like? 

We often hear about the incredible perks of the tech industry, from free lunches to ping pong tables, but apparently this isn’t enough to keep the best talent.

In fact people are leaving these jobs, and there are 3 main reasons: 

An unfair workplace

According to a huge study of over 2,000 US tech job leavers, unfair treatment was the number one reason cited for people leaving jobs in tech today.

In fact the Kapor Center for Social Impact found 37% of people quit due to unfairness, which ranges from discrimination to stereotyping, sexual harassment and direct bullying or hostility.

One female director of product at a tech firm explained: “I was uncomfortable with several aspects of the work environment… There was a ‘boys club’ mentality and lots of discrimination against women.”

Such practices have been in the limelight recently, with Uber being the poster child for discrimination after former engineer Susan Fowler published details of alleged sexual harassment.

Unfairness isn’t restricted to lower paying jobs either, nearly half of the study’s respondents were being paid more than $75,000 in the job they left.

And the issue of unfairness and discrimination impacts every other reason people leave jobs in tech.

No better than the rest

A large proportion of those who leave do so because they’re actively seeking a better job (35%) or aren’t satisfied with their current work environment (25%). Some cite unfairness as a contributing factor in their decision (15% and 13% respectively).

What’s surprising, on reflection, is that none of these reasons for leaving are particularly unique to the tech industry: discrimination is an issue that affects the entire workforce.

If you’re hoping the jobs of the future will overcome the unfairness and discrimination that’s rife everywhere else, think again.