Women in Tech: What are the biggest challenges women in the tech sector face?
DP Connect's Women in Tech series features three articles from our Recruitment Consultant Ashely Thomas. After conducting interviews with some of the leading female experts in the technology sector Ashely explores the roles of women in IT and technology, the challenges they have faced and the advice they would give to other females looking to break into the tech world.
Today, the Technology sector remains a male-dominated sector, but what causes the gender imbalance across the industry? Is it harder for women to enter the industry? A recent study from PwC found just 17% of Tech/ICT workers in the UK are female and there has been little change in this figure over the last decade.
Working in recruitment for the Technology market, I am personally passionate about this subject and am committed to doing my part to help drive this. I had the opportunity to speak to three very talented and successful female CTOs about the challenges women in tech face.
So, what are the challenges women in tech face? Ex-CTO at MarketInvoice who now works at Facebook, Rija Javed explains the biggest challenges women face “more or less the same that any underrepresented group faces in any entity, organisation or community. Lack of opportunities, growth, acknowledgment as well as appreciation (in terms of words and actions like compensation).”
Jennifer Anderson, CTO at Incuto believes that the biggest challenge is that the majority of tech companies are still male-dominated.
She continues, “It’s about changing that gender perception, that women can code, be tech entrepreneurs and be on the senior leadership of tech companies. Less than 1/5 of the workforce in tech is female and there are not enough opportunities for females to show their talent.”
Greenie Cheng, CTO at GrantTree thinks the single biggest challenge women in tech face is doubt. She explains, “it’s particularly difficult for women because we are more likely to internalise the voices that doubt us. It’s easy to think something isn’t working because we’re not good enough, smart enough or talented enough. It’s easy because it gives us the excuse to quit and to end the frustration.”
She continues, “frustration is part of the process. Don’t give up just because you think you don’t have it in you. Sit with it. Rearrange it. Study it. Until you figure it out. And it gets easier each time you figure out something when you thought you couldn’t, and you shatter the false assumptions you have about yourself.”
Many companies have had Diversity & Inclusion as part of their Board strategic targets for some years, however, without a real focus on creating an inclusive environment that encourages balanced teams, change will not happen as quickly as is representative of our environments.
Here at DP Connect, we pride ourselves on our senior management team being made up of 50% women and ensuring diversity and gender equality in the workplace remains a priority for us. Founded by a female back in 1990, we want to ensure that women are promoted and encouraged to pursue a career in tech.