At SimpleClick we actively encourage diversity in the workplace, and we are proud that 38.5% of our workforce are women.
However, it’s astonishing to us that inspiring and encouraging women to pursue a career in the technology sector is one of the industry’s biggest challenges.
PwC UK’s paper, “Women in Tech – Time to close the gender gap” revealed some startling statistics that had us all gasping:
We believe that challenging the lack of gender diversity in the tech sector is something which starts in the classroom. That’s why our director, Claire, is a STEM ambassador. She is actively encouraging women to consider technical roles and hopes that by showing students first-hand that these roles already exist for women, it will help to improve perceptions and show that tech can be a natural career path after graduating.
But it isn’t just in the classroom where young women can develop the skills to work in the technology; there is a lot that businesses throughout the country can do.
We’re keen to improve gender equality in the workplace, and believe that diversification can help businesses to grow a greater and more varied talent pool, whilst increasing innovation too. However, we’re aware that attracting women to tech roles takes more than just a boardroom discussion.
Only 15% of British women are in STEM roles, and of those, only 5% are in technology leadership roles. So what are the driving forces which make women second guess whether a career in technology is right for them?
We believe that one of the many reasons why women might veer away from tech roles is work-life balance, particularly if they have a young family. At SimpleClick we encourage flexible working hours and the option to work from home, and believe that it’s important for businesses break down the barriers and start a conversation which evokes positive action.
Another way in which we encourage women to pursue a tech role and a leadership position is recognition through award schemes.
For example, we support the DevelopHER awards scheme which provides businesses with a great opportunity to nominate their female counterparts for awards, showcasing their talents and highlighting their work. It also paves the way for a business to become actively involved with the community which award scheme can create. This year SimpleClick sponsored, judged and presented the award for the apprentice category and it gave us a platform to increase our brand awareness among potential new recruits.
There are many ways in which businesses can encourage more women to apply for tech roles, and it all begins with communication: break down barriers and apply innovation to your HR processes; incorporate diversity and inclusion into the company’s fundamental values; and provide support for managers to lead change.