Recently, we attended the “Women of Silicon Roundabout” conference at the ExCel center in London. The event brings together over 4,000 professionals and organisations from around the world to connect, educate and encourage action on gender diversity and inclusion. The two-day event includes keynotes, panel discussions, technical classes and career development workshops. Presenters at the annual event included Dayne Turbitt, Senior Vice President at Dell (UK & I Enterprise Business), with a speech entitled: “IT is Not Just for boys: The Purpose and Progress of Women in Technology” and visitors to the event describe it as “inspirational” and “eye-opening.”
So, why do we need to educate and inspire women when it comes to working in tech? Well, the statistics speak for themselves with recent surveys revealing that only one in five senior tech jobs are held by women and just one in six computer science undergraduates is female. This means that many tech environments are missing out on talent, unbalanced and lacking in diversity. With this in mind, what should we be doing to encourage more women to enter the world of technology?
Many businesses now recognise the advantage that can be gained from working with educational facilities to engage with the brightest talents ahead of the competition. Much more could be done to extend these initiates providing targeted campaigns to inspire young women during vital periods when they are making key decisions with regards to career choice and qualifications.
Closely related to the above point, businesses could achieve much by championing existing female members of their tech team and offering women looking to move into or grow within the sector the opportunity to benefit from mentoring and coaching.
Sadly, lots of women who pursue technical degrees or begin working in the sector drift away over time. Think about what more you could do to attract this kind of valuable talent back. As an example, something as simple as offering flexible working hours could enable a superstar .NET developer to return work after a maternity break.
Great strides have been made in terms of addressing the imbalance in pay between men and women working in the same roles – however – inequality does still exist within many organisations. Make a point of promoting your business as one that offers equal pay and opportunities based on talent not on gender.
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