Back in March people across the world celebrated International Women’s Day, and the theme centred around the united nations “Planet 50-50 by 2030” which seeks to achieve equality across the world in the next 15 years.
There is great work being done by businesses in the UK to amend the imbalance of gender equality within the workplace, but more still needs to be done. Recent research from Monster UK & YouGov has found that 22% of employers believe women are still at a disadvantage when it comes to securing tech roles.
However, there is an optimistic outlook as Tech London Advocates ‘Women in Tech’ have found that 60% of London’s tech community have acknowledged that their business has actively taken steps to increase diversity in recruitment strategies, with founder of Tech London Advocates Russ Shaw, also stating that “Female CEO’s have been instrumental to the rise of London’s tech sector”.
So what more could be done to advance women in the UK tech sector?
In response to the research, there is already an effective scheme in place that focuses on the way talent pipelines are built and how tech talent is retained. The ‘Tech Talent Charter’ was published on the 22nd of June, aiming to improve diversity by outlining key steps to follow in order employ more women in UK’s technology sector.
The charter’s main aim is to commit to best practice in recruitment and retention practices; from inclusivity in the way job descriptions are written, how employers present themselves to candidates, interview and selection process, to flexible working practices, long-term education and talent pipeline.
“With a looming digital skills gap that is critical for our economy’s growth” the need is clearly there, with European Director of Consumer Marketing at Monster, Sinead Bunting believing that “we need to do all we can to encourage and support organisations in bringing on board more female talent, and todays research highlights there is still a way to go until females have equal representation within the technology sector.”
The charter’s focus on “tech and women in tech, with a view to extending best practice and guides to help other underrepresented groups in this area” is just one step towards gender equality and it is clear that the current stats show there is still a way to go, but projects such as the ‘Talent Tech Charter’ alongside other social enterprises Code First Girls, Stemettes, Apps for good and DevelopHer are doing essential work to advance women in tech.
As one of these women in tech, these developments are both exciting and encouraging, and I’m looking forward to see what’s to come.
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