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Gender gap in tech narrows amid rising IT job demand

Mon 4 Mar 2024

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The Financial Times has reported a significant narrowing of the gender gap in the tech industry across the UK and EU over the past four years.

This trend is accompanied by a strong demand for IT jobs, reflecting a positive shift towards greater gender diversity in the sector.

Progress Across Regions

In the UK, the proportion of women working in computer-related roles increased from 29% in 2019 to over 32% last year, with overall female representation in the sector rising from 30.9% to 34.1% during the same period.

The EU saw a similar upward trend, with the share of women in computer programming and related services rising from 23% pre-pandemic to 25% by the end of 2023, attributed to the availability of more tech roles in banks and consumer goods companies.

However, the US experienced a decrease, with the proportion of female tech workers dropping from 31% in 2019 to 25% by the end of 2023. Despite this, there were nearly 900,000 female workers in computer programming and related services out of a total of 2.5 million last year.

Industry Insights

Sai Bendi, Software Development Manager at Encompass Corporation, emphasised the importance of making diversity a core aspect of organisational culture and decision-making processes.

“The transformative power of technology makes it an enticing and exciting sector for women to be involved in. However, while the latest findings highlight progress, there’s still work to be done to ensure that diversity is, rather than just a buzzword, a fundamental aspect of organisational culture and decision-making processes throughout the industry,” said Bendi.

Bendi believes that flexibility, including the ability to work from home, is a significant draw.

“Flexible working practices are key to women being able to achieve a positive work-life balance that allows them to meet family and caring responsibilities, for example, while also thriving professionally. These evolving practices also underscore the industry’s adaptability to changing lifestyles today,” said Bendi.

Bendi advised businesses to collectively promote these important elements to encourage and excite women looking to break into the industry, while showing there is a place for them.

“From implementing diversity and inclusion-focused initiatives to addressing bias in recruitment and promotion practices, there is a rising awareness of the need to increase commitment and action to drive greater representation and, ultimately, equality in the tech industry,” said Bendi.

“Continued advocacy, accountability, and collaboration from all sides are vital to generating significant change and fostering a more diverse and inclusive industry for the future,” she added.

Sheila Flavell CBE, Chief Operating Officer for FDM Group, also commented on the gender gap, noting the positive impact of gender equality policies and greater workplace flexibility.

“The gender gap in tech remains startling, however, it is positive to see that tech firms across the advanced economies are starting to close the gap through gender equality policies and greater flexibility in the workplace,” said Flavell.

The rise of work-from-anywhere and flexible hours since the pandemic has shifted employee expectations and opened the door to tech for many people, according to Flavell.

“Businesses must capitalise on this, encouraging more women into tech roles and equipping them with digital skills training to empower them to lead the development and adoption of fast-growing technologies such as artificial intelligence,” said Flavell.

These findings and insights highlight the progress made in narrowing the gender gap in tech across the UK, EU, and US, while also underscoring the need for ongoing efforts to foster a more diverse and inclusive industry.

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