7 ideas to help fix the gender imbalance in tech

While we wait for the next generation of female technologists to enter the workforce, what steps can organisations take now to close the gender gap in their tech teams?

Man and woman standing near ladder of success with unequal steps symbolising gender discrimination

Gender diversity is still a key issue in the technology sector. According to Deloitte, by the end of this year women will hold 25% of technology roles within large tech companies globally and this percentage is similar across each continent.

According to Nash Squared, North America currently leads the way. Here tech teams have an average of 28% female employees, while that figure is 26% in Asia and 23% in Europe and Australasia. Focusing specifically on the UK, the Tech Talent Charter reports that 27% of tech roles were held by women last year.

No one region has found the perfect solution to closing the gender gap, but there is agreement that the key is to encourage more school girls to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and then go onto a career in tech.

This should improve the situation long-term, but what can organisations do to boost gender diversity within their current IT teams?

There are several steps businesses can take to make tech roles more appealing to women, but first they should look at company culture and policy.

Anna Cohen Miller, Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University’s Graduate School of Education, points to the need for gender mainstreaming, which purposefully considers gender from the onset of organisations change, culture and policy.

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