Women in the Tech Sector in 2021. On International Women's Day, we look at the numbers
March 8th is International Women's Day 2021. Despite the modern times we now live in, women in tech are still underrepresented, underpaid and discriminated against. Do we need to encourage more women to enter the tech sector or does the tech sector need to be more inclusive to encourage more to join?
Diversity seems to the key word in many business sectors at the moment, with the objective to build an inclusive culture for all. Diversity in tech, allows companies to build better and safer products and services that considers everyone, not just one section of society. It was reported in the McKinsey report that diverse companies perform better, hire better talent, have more engaged employees and that this work ethic retained staff better than businesses that didn't adopt the diversity ethic. However, women are underrepresented in the tech sector.
In a recent report published by Tech Nation, women make up 49% of all workers in the UK, with the 19% of the tech sector women, 22% of tech directors are women and 13% of the computer gaming sector are women. More and more women are studying degrees in science, engineering and technology related subjects. So women aren't being discouraged from studying computer science, it's the opportunities open to them in the tech sector once they qualify and apply for jobs. Those that choose to study computer science are more likely to want to pursue a career in it. More women are now qualified in a tech related subjects, but there still seems to be an inconsistent ratio of women working their way up into the ranks of the tech sector.
What is the reason for this inconsistency in job opportunities? Many tech related workplaces are still male dominated. There may be other concerns to consider, such as work-place harassment and gender related discrimination. It has also been noted that in male dominated workplaces, women tend to earn less than their male counterparts. This financial imbalance has to change, in order to create a more diverse work environment, where an individual can thrive, not due to gender, but the tech related skills they have to offer. The more diverse a workplace becomes, the more likely it will be to nurture greater productivity, as the financial benefits would be awarded on results and not on gender.
A lack of representation of women in the tech sector, can hinder a woman's ability to succeed in the sector, as there are less role models to follow, leading women with less of a clear career path ahead. It must be pointed out, that this underrepresentation in the office makes women want to work harder than their male counterparts, to prove their worth.
This lack of progression of women though the ranks of the tech sector, has lead to there being a gender disparity in the boardroom. The proportion of men and women being appointed to directors of tech companies hasn't changed since 2000. The 2020 figure being 22%.