Whilst working recently on several client assignments, researching candidates made me reflect on the great progress of the gender gap made within the technology industry in recent years, with such a large number of women now working in this industry. This is very exciting for new generations of girls and young women who can be inspired to become leaders and reach new heights within technology.
Today we are witnessing media, organisations and institutions raising awareness about the importance of attracting diverse talent to the tech industry, embracing inclusion, different backgrounds, and skillsets.
According to PWC research back from 2017, “females aren’t considering technology careers as they are not given enough information on what working in the sector involves”.
Some of the factors that increase the inequality in technological environments are the lack of role models, the absence of female leadership in a male dominated industry. Although the gender gap is present and visible in every country, some tech giants are on course to change this deficit and steer the trajectory. Microsoft for instance is a leader not only in innovation but also around gender equality and inclusion. The company have been focused over the last years in creating new paths for young diverse talent, partnering with universities and business schools in attracting the future generation. Other companies in the tech space also have publicly spoken about diversity and inclusion matters, as a diverse team is more effective in addressing the needs of the clients.
Today’s world is aware of the mistakes made in the past, and even though we are far away from reaching what would be a gender equality situation, there are many organisations out there talking about diversity and inclusion and being proactive about it. This is certainly a turning point, and there will be no turning back once someone achieves results in closing the gender gap. Every organisation will have to follow and catch up, because according to Deloitte and Boston Consulting Group, it has been demonstrated that a diverse environment can result in an improvement of employees’ engagement and through different perspectives, increase innovation and problem-solving skills.