It is still too early to give a reliable statistic about the percentage of women that are working in technology-related sectors. The year has just begun, but if we rely on data from last year and analyze the trends of the last decade, we can come to a conclusion.
Statistics do not lie: in technology-related sectors, only 17% to 20% of the workforce are female.
An abyss of growth
The technology and digital industry has grown exponentially during the last decade. In the UK alone, it is estimated that this sector has attracted more than 8 billion pounds. About 80% of this investment goes to fast-growing businesses that create new jobs, revolutionary products and innovative services.
But despite this boost, the percentage of women in IT jobs remains virtually immovable throughout a decade.
Everything seems to indicate that men dominate the technology sector, imposing very sexist criteria and a “bro culture”. An example of this is the founder of Uber Travis Kalanick, dismissed as CEO for creating a negative environment against its female employees.
On the other hand, the number of girls who enter areas of interest such as science, technology, engineering or mathematics in higher grades does not grow. In 2018 only between 9% and 18% of graduates in these specialties were women.
Although companies recognize that the percentage of female employees is very low and express their intention to improve these statistics, women in IT positions quit 45% more than men before their first year.
The reason is that executives do not support the professional growth of women as much as men. In addition to the lack of mentoring, there is the salary factor: on average, women earn 29% less than their male counterparts.
A change of mindset is needed
According to surveys, women do not usually apply for a job in technology if they are not convinced that they are 100% qualified or have sufficient experience, while men are more daring about it.
In addition, not all jobs in this sector require engineering or being an excellent coder. There are many jobs that are not really so technical and that many women can access.
8 out of 10 millennial women seek work in companies that stand out for their diversity, equality and inclusion. So companies that do not take into account these values will be losing the best talent, but this requires a change of mentality on the part of men who are in charge.
It is not a matter of meeting a goal to improve statistics. It is to look for different points of view and approaches to problems that a company addresses. Nor is it to benefit from stealing female talent from another company, but to hire women who wish to enter the area of technology and create new talent.
Changing the role and number of women working in the technology sector is not a matter that could be fixed in a year. Suffice it to say that only 25% of executive positions in the world of technology are held by women.
But that the first steps are already being taken to reverse this situation is already an advance, and it is proposed that within a period of 5 to 10 years the female workforce in the technology sector will reach 40%.