Recently we announced the Contract Worker Disparity Project. Many job seekers—who are looking for the stability and opportunity that a tech career creates—find an entry point through contract work. But these contract workers are locked out of many of the benefits and privileges that working in tech bestows, including high compensation, generous time off, career mobility, and a voice at work.
Troublingly, our initial research suggests that contract workers are more likely to come from racial, ethnic, and gender groups that are under-represented in tech, deepening the industry’s equity and inclusion problem. We are shedding light on these disparities and advocating for solutions that will create equity for all tech workers. We will be releasing a series of papers on this topic throughout the summer (informed by worker interviews and original research).
We launched the Contract Worker Disparity Project to shine light on the growing problem of inequality inside of tech workplaces, specifically with contract workers. You can read our announcement and our two working papers on this topic here. Unfortunately, there is a lack of data on what contract workers at tech companies are experiencing—from wages, benefits, working conditions, and importantly who is getting contract jobs instead of full-time employment at the tech companies.
We will use the data to provide a picture of the contract worker experience throughout the tech industry. Our goal is to shine a light on this problem, determine if contract work is disproportionately impacting certain groups of workers, and to identify opportunities for improved public policy and corporate practice. We plan to issue summary findings as a report on our website. We are also exploring how to compare top line data outcomes with other organizations examining this issue and may issue joint reports of our respective organizational findings.
Yes, survey responses are anonymous. We will share the survey outcomes as aggregated data. If survey respondents are interested, they can volunteer for an interview through the survey and add their email so that we can reach them for scheduling.
No. We do not share internal or non-public information with companies, including worker interviews, survey findings, or the individual experience of contract workers with any tech company.
Yes. Your privacy is important to us. Your data will only be shared in an aggregated way. This survey is anonymous. We store data in a way that limits internal and external access.