25 August 2016 by Amy Lewis
Gender inequality in the UK tech industry is a real issue. New data gathered by Doteveryone.org.uk shows that women occupy just 17% of tech jobs in the UK, with only 9% of leadership positions being held by women. With more than 600,000 vacancies in the industry needing to be filled, this gender imbalance is costing the industry an estimated $4b a year, according to research by Deloitte.
With increasing demands for talent in the technology sectors, there is a proven advantage for getting more women into tech: according to the book Little Miss Geek, tech companies with women on their management teams see a 34% higher return on investment.
The technology sector is perceived as predominantly male, with assumptions that women have less talent and inclination when it comes to science and technology. This gender imbalance will continue to be a problem unless these stereotypes are challenged.
However, there are signs that this inequality is being redressed. Although technology is still a male dominated sector, women are forming an increasing part of leadership and the entire tech workforce, according to business experts Forbes. There are number of high flying women in leading roles within the UK’s technology industry; trying to attract more female talent to the sector, with grass roots initiatives, start-ups and industry pledges such as Smarter Placements, GirlsWhoCode, TechGirlz, Tech Savvy Women and Ada Lovelace Day.
Named after the first computer programmer, Ada Lovelace Day takes place this year on 11 October 2016. An international day celebrating the achievements of women in STEM, it aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.
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