Google has given pay raises to thousands of its staff after a pay equity analysis revealed that men were being paid less than women last year.
The tech company said in a blog post on Monday that an internal audit discovered several new pay discrepancies, including male software engineers receiving less pay than female engineers.
According to the blog post, level 4 male Software Engineers often “received less discretionary funds than women”.
The average annual pay for a software engineer is approximately $160,000 (£121,596) in the US, which is 59% of the national average, according to Indeed, an online employment related search engine for job listings.
Their discrepancies analysis is built to ensure that there are no pay differences based on gender and race.
Google said that it will adjust pay across all areas by $9.7m (£7.3m) for 10,667 employees.
It did not reveal how many of the raises were going to men when compared to women working at the company.
Gender pay gap
“Our pay equity analysis ensures that compensation is fair for employees in the same job, at the same level, location and performance,” Google said in the blog post. “We’ll keep working to improve our practices and to ensure that Google is a great place to work for everyone.”
The announcement comes after a campaign group of more than 8,000 female employees accused the company of paying women less than men, despite doing the same job.
In 2017, the US Department of Labour also accused Google of not paying women employees the same as men.
The agency found “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce”, according to Janette Wipper, a Labour Department regional director.