Breaking down the barriers facing women in the IT sector

Breaking down the barriers facing women in the IT sector
25/09/2018

Breaking down the barriers facing women in the IT sector

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Stereotypes can be difficult to break down in all walks of life.

Here at RDS Global we are passionate about what we do – we see the positive difference Information and Digital Technology has not just on our clients but in the wider society in general.

There’s never been a more interesting time to be working in IT. There are so many developments, it is a fast-paced industry and you get to work at the cutting-edge of a sector that plays a role in all aspects of our lives.

So why does IT continue to be largely the preserve of men? Why is it that in 2018 IT jobs at all levels seem to be (not always, but a lot of the time) male dominated and what do the statistics tell us?

Here are a few findings from a comprehensive study by PwC, who looked at the role of women in tech-related roles in the UK. The results make startling and concerning reading:

  • 3% of females say a career in technology is their first choice
  • Only 16% of females have had a career in technology suggested to them
  • 78% of students can’t name a famous female working in technology
  • In STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, women accounted for only 15 % of employees
  • Only 15.8% of undergraduates in STEM fields are women
  • Two-thirds of CEOs in the UK claim to have difficulty hiring people with digital skills

While these statistics relate to technology more broadly, they are very much in line with what we and many other IT-specific businesses encounter.

So you have to ask yourself the question. If IT is such a progressive, exciting sector and environment to be a part of, why is there such a relative lack of females entering and staying in the profession?

Equally, if finding the skills needed to fill tech roles continues to be a problem – as outlined in the final statistic – why is there not more of a collective effort to make the sector an attractive proposition to females?

We certainly don’t have all the answers. What we do know at RDS Global is that we are passionate about, and committed to, promoting and enabling a culture of equality and diversity – where people from all walks of life and backgrounds are encouraged to enter and stay in this great profession… ideally working with us!

Women are a vital part of the workforce and as the IT climate evolves and cements its position as a world-leading sector that touches all areas of business and life, it is important that everyone is given the same chances to succeed in this industry.

The benefits of encouraging women to consider a career in IT is two-fold. Firstly, it is the responsibility of the business community to lead from the front when it comes to equality, diversity and equal opportunity – we all want to live in a better, fairer world.

But this is also a golden opportunity for businesses to tap into a largely undiscovered potential workforce in this area which is brimming with talent and ambition – and that can only be good for the technology sector and business as a whole.

So what are RDS Global doing to help? While we pride ourselves on providing a supportive, positive working environment for our staff that is free from discrimination or prejudice, we also continue to work closely with Derby College to encourage women to consider our industry and to help break down barriers and stereotypes that clearly still exist.

We are also proud to be sponsoring the Women in Sports Award at the Derby Telegraph Sports Awards 2018 along with sponsoring, Louise Cook the first female to gain a non-gender FIA World Rally  Production Car Cup champion 2012 who will be attending the awards evening alongside us and Derby County Ladies u9’s football team as we look to demonstrate our commitment to the empowerment of women both in business, and also in life.

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