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Encouraging More Women to Consider a Career in Tech

Date Monday, 09 March 2020 Sammy-Jo-Wilsher , In: Company News

Encouraging More Women to Consider a Career in Tech

Careers in the IT and technology industry are rewarding, constantly evolving, and offer continuous personal development. But why is there still a gender gap in the tech and IT industries?

Hayley having an SEO meeting
Rachel - Senior Web Designer
Sammy presenting a marketing meeting
Ettie and James collaborating

That’s the question Blue Frontier’s female colleagues seek to address in their latest video discussing women in tech and IT careers. In the video, we discuss preconceptions, inequalities, routes into tech, and career opportunities for women in the industry.

While the technology sector is rapidly growing, just 3%1 of females say a career in technology is their first choice, representing a real gender imbalance.

 

3% of women say a technology career is their top choice
22% of people surveyed can name a famous woman in technology

 

Why are there less women in tech?

Low awareness of job opportunities and career paths could be some of the key reasons women might not be considering tech jobs. 

Limited recognition of female role models in tech by the media could also mean young girls are less likely to aspire to work in the industry. Just 22%2 of people can name a famous female working in technology. We’re yet to see any of our female tech entrepreneurs become household names like Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. This means tech subjects may not even be on the radar when young women are narrowing down their education choices.

In a world where technology is always developing, so are the chances of entering the field. Just because you didn’t study a traditional tech or IT subject at school, college or university, doesn’t mean that a future in the industry is out of the question. It’s never too late to return to education, or retrain in a new discipline.

 

The future for tech

Ettie presenting SEO benefits
Charlotte - Project Co-ordinator
Malar - Test Analyst
Tracey - Head of accounts and HR

There’s a whole host of career and development opportunities available for both genders. As a society, we need to ensure not only that the glass ceiling is smashed by the rising talent of female employees, but that the door is left open for others to follow.

Employers in technology need to continue the fight to remove any gender imbalance within the sector. And offer more development opportunities to encourage women - and men - to consider a career in the IT and technology industry.

References

1PWC UK
Women in Tech, Time to close the gender gap #womenintech
pwc.co.uk/who-we-are/women-in-technology/time-to-close-the-gender-gap

2PWC UK
Women in Technology Report
pwc.co.uk/women-in-technology/women-in-tech-report-infographic.pdf

Sammy-Jo-Wilsher

Sammy-Jo-Wilsher

Digital Marketer

Sammy enjoys thinking outside the box, finding new ways to attract and engage users. Having graduated with a degree in Media Arts, specialising in Transmedia, she has a broad knowledge of digital media, multi-platform marketing and consumer behaviour. Since joining Blue Frontier, Sammy has enjoyed developing her skills and knowledge of digital marketing, and is constantly striving to think of new ways to market her clients, driving valuable organic online traffic to their businesses.

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