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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.
Returnships were introduced to Britain in 2014, they are described as high-level internships that are professionally paid and can last anywhere between 10 weeks and 6 months. The programmes are designed to help experienced professionals who have taken a career break get back into their senior roles.
A mentorship is a relationship between a knowledgeable or experienced person who helps a less experienced person. The mentor could be either younger or older than the person being mentored, but the mentor must have an area of expertise. Mentors are helpful because they have a network of business professionals and are willing to share who and what they know.
It is clear to see that women are underrepresented in STEM roles. Only a quarter of the people working in tech in the UK are female. Even though the tech industry is becoming more diverse and companies are creating resource groups to help them grow their diverse team, the gender gap is still an issue which needs tackling.