Six companies aiming to close the tech gender gap

Closing the gender gap in tech won't be easy, but these organisations are certainly proving it's possible.

Gender diversity is one of the most prevailing issues facing technology organisations today. Statistics from Tech Nation show that just 19% of the IT workforce are women and that 22% of tech directors are women.

While it's clear that this industry is largely dominated by men, many organisations are making great strides in closing the gender divide. From appointing more women at C-level to encouraging young people to pursue careers in tech, here are some of the things organisations are doing to improve diversity.

Park Place Technologies

When it comes to closing the gender gap, many would argue that it starts with education and more should be done in schools, colleges and universities to inspire girls and young women to pursue careers tech. Jennifer Deutsch, CMO of Park Place Technologies, says: "Encouraging girls into STEM at an early age, at home and at school, is one of the keys to addressing gender stereotypes."

Deutsch believes businesses can do this by providing young people with opportunities to get a taste of working in tech. "Businesses offering work experience placements give young girls first-hand experience in what a career in technology entails, and the opportunity to build the necessary skills before entering the world of work."

To help encourage more young females to develop careers in the technology industry, Park Place Technologies ran a national competition earlier this year. Two successful college students were provided with a ten-day internship programme at its US headquarters. Deutsch believes that such programmes are invaluable both for an organisation and students.

She says: "For the students it gives them first-hand experience of the type of work involved with that industry, and for the organisation, it can be used as a recruitment process to identify future talent who could one day join the business once they have completed their studies."

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