Almost half of UK employees believe women are underrepresented in tech and digital roles


On Ada Lovelace Day (9h October), jobs site Monster.co.uk is releasing a series of data demonstrating that there is still a significant gap in the amount of women pursuing tech careers due to a lack of confidence in entering a traditionally male dominated industry.

The research from Monster.co.uk’s World of Work report found that nearly half (45%) of UK employees believe that women are underrepresented in jobs that require technical and digital skills.

Despite huge pushes to encourage more women to pursue STEM qualifications and careers, only 11% of the women asked had studied an IT or technology related degree at university. This only further impacts the UK’s current tech skills shortage. When polling HR professionals, the data showed that only 3% find it easy to recruit tech professionals, whilst 24% said that they find it increasingly difficult – and increase from 21% when asked in 2016.

Monster.co.uk’s research confirmed that a lack of confidence in young women meant that less were likely to pursue a career in a typically male dominated industry. Women are typically less confident in the workplace than men with 70% of women feeling unconfident at work compared to 60% of men.

With younger women feeling the least confident at work, Monster.co.uk is today announcing that it will be running its series of award winning Monster Confidence events in partnership with social enterprise Stemettes for its third year.

In previous years, over 2,000 young women have attended to receive inspiration and guidance from industry experts on how to pursue careers and qualifications within STEM fields. In 2018, Monster Confidence will be hosting five events in the UK and its first one outside of the UK in Frankfurt, Germany. UK locations include London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Derry.

Throughout the events, 1,000 attendees aged 15 and over, will be given the opportunity to take part in the following:

  • Speed mentoring with volunteers who have backgrounds in STEM to give them confidence in entering and pursuing their chosen careers
  • Mock interviews with volunteers from HR and recruitment backgrounds to learn valuable interview and presenting techniques
  • Panellist discussions on career building and ‘Sprinkling confidence throughout your career’
  • Exhibition stands and demos showcasing STEM opportunities and innovations like Virtual Reality
  • Lightning talks where volunteers will be giving a seven minute talk on their specialist industry to inspire young women to consider it as a career path
  • The opportunity to have professional headshots taken

The young women attending will also be given the opportunity to hear from influential women who have built fantastic careers in technology. This year’s speakers include successful internet entrepreneur and founder of LastMinute.com, Martha Lane Fox CBE and science graduate turned entrepreneur Florence Adepoju, as well as senior members of KPMG.

Young women who hope to attend are able to register for either a half day or full day session at the following locations:

  • London on 16th October at Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E15 2GW
  • Birmingham on 6th November at Millennium Point, B4 7XG
  • Manchester on 9th November at The Federation, M4 4BF
  • Frankfurt on 13th November at TechQuartier, 60327
  • Bristol on 16th November at Just Eat’s technical headquarters, BS1 4DJ
  • Derry on 20th November at Millennium Forum, BT48 6EB

Sinead Bunting, VP of Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk, and co-founder and Director of Tech Talent Charter comments: “The tech industry is yet to make the leaps on gender diversity we have seen in some other sectors. It’s over 200 years since Ada Lovelace was born, but women working in STEM are still facing the same discrimination – as proved by comments made only last week by a prominent Cern scientist.

“The impact this can have on young women’s confidence that STEM is for them should not be underestimated. This is why we’re working with Stemettes to hold our annual Monster Confidence events to inspire and mentor the next generation of female STEM talent. Through a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, as well as networking and confidence sessions, our goal is to ensure young women leave feeling inspired and brimming with confidence to shoot for their dream careers in STEM.”

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Co-founder & CEO of Stemettes, comments: “We’re very excited to be partnering with Monster.co.uk for the third year in a row to motivate and inspire today’s generation of young women to enter the world of STEM. We know from previous attendees the important impact effects that Monster Confidence events have had on them and so I can’t wait to encourage more young women to enter these exciting industries with the right mindset.”

Debbie Forster MBE, CEO of Tech Talent Charter, comments: “The UK has a serious tech skills shortage, yet half the population doesn’t feel confident enough to pursue the qualifications to succeed in the industry. This needs to change and so I’m delighted that Monster.co.uk and Stemettes are putting on even more events to inspire even more young women to close the industry gender gap.”

Avril Hayden, Business and Integration Architecture Analyst at Accenture in Ireland and Stemettes attendee, comments: “Having attended the events as both a student unclear on my next steps in STEM and a volunteer after graduation, I have seen first-hand the positive effects they have had on me and other young women. At university I was the only woman in my graduating class and sometimes felt like I lacked the confidence to secure my dream job once I graduated. But after attending Monster Confidence in Belfast I knew I would be absolutely fine. I realised there were many young women out there like me who dreamed of a career in STEM and I’d found a support system. Monster Confidence events can have a life changing impact and I’d love to see as many young women attend as possible this year so they can become the STEM leaders of the future and continue to address the imbalance we see in the industry.”

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

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