The tech industry leads the world in innovation, but falls behind in terms of gender equality. Despite the attempts of diversification in the tech industry, there still continues to be disparate gender inequality within the sector. In the past few years, we have experienced new attention towards talented women entering the tech industry through the publication of lists to honour the tech industry’s top women. The percentages are even more disparate when considering the number of top women in the tech industry who are able to code – in fact, data from a pool of software developers showed that 91.5% of all respondents were male.

There are numerous theories around why women are underrepresented in the tech industry. These range from societal influences, school education and workplace culture. However, the most common explanation we find is the lack of information and incentives. The best way in which this issue can be tackled is in the early stages of education. Computer Science is not as appealing to young women because female pioneers in the tech industry are not highlighted as frequently as their male counterparts. By enticing young women to take an interest in IT and Computer Science at a young age through seeing female role models, then progressively we may be able to bridge the gap of gender inequality in this sector. A case study by PwC found that 83% of female respondents from the study pool found it impossible to name a role model who inspired them to pursue a career in technology, or to emulate – “You can’t be what you can’t see.” It is estimated that only 5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women.

The education figures show signs of improvement, with levels of women signing up to learn Computer Science in the UK increasing by 300% in the last five years. In 2020, UCAS registered their highest amount of students going on to study Computer Science at an undergraduate level. The increasing popularity of choosing Computer Science as a future prospect is important so that progress is made on diversity and inclusion in an area that is historically male-dominated. This is alongside the role the tech industry has to play in providing hiring initiatives, matching pay between male and female hires, and giving more support to women in the tech industry to take on more senior roles.

For Team Venturiq, we celebrate strides made in actualising a diverse workplace, whilst simultaneously reflecting on the “work-in-progress” status of the ideal of true workplace equality. As difficult as it may be to read or hear; women are underrepresented in the technology industry. Venturiq hopes to make best efforts to inspire more women to join and excel in this sector; we are providing technology-specific training and placing an emphasis on encouraging female participation. Today, we are asking ourselves if we can increase our contribution to an important initiative… Can you do more?

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