Only 17 per cent of employees in the UK tech sector are women. Over a quarter of female students say they’ve been put off by a career in tech. In Manchester, our UK headquarters, over half of all businesses surveyed by the Manchester Digital annual skills audit responded that their tech teams are exclusively male. We need more than rousing campaigns, inspirational hashtags and rational argument to close the gender diversity gap in tech.
We need committed leaders that lead by example and personally oversee a workplace culture that enshrines equality, respect and inclusiveness across the organisation. We need more credible female and male role models that authentically champion these values. And we need more early interventions to make sure girls’ career choices aren’t restricted, even before they realise they have options.
Led by our Group Chief Executive, Elizabeth Vega, we champion greater gender equality in the technology sector:
- More than a quarter of our staff is female, which compares favourably to the industry average of just 17%
- As a result of this, and our welcoming and diverse environment, we're proud that 40% of our graduate recruits in 2018/19 were female, demonstrating our commitment to providing a route into technology and consulting for women
- We visit schools to encourage more young women into leadership careers in technology to achieve a more balanced workforce which includes the best talent, irrespective of gender
- We sponsor one of the UK’s largest diversity awards – Information Age’s Women in IT Awards – and are active members of groups such as Northern Power Women and the Next Generation mentoring programme