A global study by Odgers Berndtson has revealed that women leaders in technology double the share of top roles and are out earning men for the first time. The firm has seen numbers rise over the years of women in senior positions within the technology sector and have recently launched a mentoring initiative for women.
The study involved almost 1000 executive searches for top roles in technology which the firm had been carrying out since 2015. For the first time in 2018, they had seen that women’s share of top roles and earnings doubled as their average salaries were exceeding men’s. Furthermore, to help with the significant challenges that women in the technology sector still face today, the firm have announced that they will be launching a mentoring initiative to fast track women in senior positions.
Head of the Global Technology practice at Odgers Berndtson, Mike Drew has commented on the results claiming that he is delighted that the firm has made such progress over the past five years for women in top roles with global technology companies. He hopes that this is the start of greater diversity which he hopes their mentoring initiative can accelerate.
The technology sector is facing challenges, as the Tech UK member body have pointed out, that in the UK 17% of those working in the industry are female. At leadership levels, the number of women is considerably lower estimating at around 9% globally and 5% in the UK.
Amongst the study that has shown women are now out earning men for the first time within technology roles, the results also show:
The Odgers Berndtson Leadership Mentoring Programme will focus more on senior women who are aiming for board or executive roles in the technology industry. The leader of the programme, Holly Addison has stated that the programme is to further boost the numbers of women in senior leadership roles across the technology sector where they are underrepresented. After successfully leading a previous mentoring programme for women in hospitality and leisure a few years ago Holly has adapted the programme for women in technology. Odgers Berndston have previously run a mentoring programme for women in procurement and from that they have developed a template which will enable the technology sector to provide the same support for women.