But tech is a man’s world! Geeks are men! Girls can’t code! True. Or at least, it was up until about five years ago when large tech giants started to place females on their boards such as Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook COO), Susan Wojcicki (YouTube CEO) and Ginni Rometty (IBM CEO) to name but a few.
However, this adoption of females working in digital hasn’t been seen lower down the chain. Only 20% of Apple’s tech employees are female. At Google this number drops to 17%, while Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter only employ 16.6%, 15% and 10% respectively.
But things are slowly starting to change. Take Alex Depledge, co-founder of online marketplace Hassle.com. She’s a champion for women’s roles in tech and the star of BBC Three’s new TV show Girls Can Code. Like many others, Depledge has found it near impossible to find quality female software engineering talent, a discipline still heavily dominated by men. “It’s taken us up to five months to hire engineers and not one applicant has been a woman.”
The market is there but it seems that the resource isn’t even though the potential benefits to the industry are huge. A European commission survey in 2013 found that encouraging and enabling women in the tech sector could lead to a 9 billion Euro boost in the EU arena.
So what is being done to facilitate this? Well TechUK have created a council to promote women in tech ( http://www.techuk.org/focus/programmes/women-in-tech/council ) , eGov have set up a number of seminars and buddy schemes ( https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/fdm-group-encouraging-and-supporting-women-in-it ) and other initiatives such as NextTechGirls ( www.nexttechgirls.com ) are pushing hard to encourage women to enter the digital marketplace.
Of course, we aren’t trying to encourage gender discrimination here or telling businesses to employ girls just because they are girls. But since we work with a female associate who is in the Top 100 CIOs globally and is interim CTO of the NHS Digital Transformation project we can personally vouch for the benefits and felt it only right to see if we could help even out the numbers.
So if you are you a female coder and would you like to talk to a female digital recruiter then contact Adriana on 01753 668 869 or Adriana.caro@BeDifrent.com and she’ll happily spend some time advising you on career choices and the possible jobs that are open to you.