The number of working women in technology is significantly lower than most other UK work sectors. Just 17% of those working in Technology in the UK are female.
Only 7% of students taking computer science A-level courses are female. Just half of the girls that study IT & Tech subjects at school go into a job in the same field.
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The current stats aren’t particularly optimistic. Only one in six tech specialists in the UK are women, only one in ten are IT leaders and, worse still, despite significant growth in the number of women working in technology and IT roles, female representation in the technology sector has stalled over the last 10 years.
The number of women in important IT and technology roles has always been dramatically lower than that of men. Employers are trying their utmost to employ more women in the sector but there seems to be a lack of women entering the tech sector. This is mainly due to IT and technology being deemed as a male dominated subject to study at school.
Many people find the job interview the most daunting part of the whole application process as there is a lot of pressure involved. This is made worse when you have not prepared yourself for the interview.
Chloe Sumsion studied computer science for four years in college and has worked as a software engineer at Lucid Software for almost two years. Chloe shares below a few words of wisdom for women in tech or those wanting to join the sector.
In the past, inequality in the workplace has been a huge issue, for a long time this problem was ignored. The matter is perfectly summed up by multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffett. “What a waste of human talent – 50% of the population was pushed off into the corner for 200 years.”