Balance for Better? International Women’s Day

Balance for Better? International Women’s Day


The first IWD was celebrated in 1911 with over one million supporters across Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Each year, the IWD focuses on a campaign theme to keep the debate alive. This year, it’s about building a gender-balanced world. Their point of view is that this is what the world now expects and that a balance drives a better working world.

We don’t disagree. But, what’s the reality? Well, in honour of International Women’s Day, CWJobs have released a series of findings relating to women in tech, the headline of which found that 59% of IT decision-makers felt future tech innovations will be negatively impacted due to the poor representation of women in IT roles. 

In this survey (carried out in September 2018) of 300 key decision-makers and senior professionals across the UK’s IT and tech sectors, it raised some other areas of concern.

Some 87% of respondents cited that there is a gender imbalance weighted in favour of men within IT and technology roles. 55% of the female respondents state that female IT and technology staff are paid less than their male counterparts in their organisation; in contrast, only 22% of male respondents say the same. What’s more, 43% feel that women are put off from working in IT and technology roles due to the male dominated culture, while 36% say that it is due to the lack of promotion/opportunities for women.

Not surprisingly, 40% of respondents said that they felt introducing technology in schools as an essential subject was the best way to attract more women into IT/tech roles

Granted, this is a snapshot of a sector which has always been dominated by males. And let’s not forget there are sectors that females dominate – let’s take HR for example. That’s not very balanced either. And yet, it’s still an ideology that should be strived for as clearly, 108 years on, there’s still plenty to be done.

Dominic Harvey, Director at CWJobs, said "Whilst equality is indeed coming in the tech sector, our recent findings suggest this won’t happen until the 2030s. As an industry, we simply cannot afford to sit back and wait for this to happen. We must act now and proactively educate, attract and hire more women to boost our nation’s capabilities, innovation and global competitiveness. The UK tech sector has a duty to help foster greater technological expertise in current and future generations – and this must include the female half of the population”

Thursday, 7 March 2019

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