The continuing challenges faced by Women in Tech
Gender equality is one of today’s most discussed issues within society and the workforce. Technology, a traditionally male-dominated sector, is no stranger to such conversations, with women working in the industry still battling inequity in terms of salary, growth opportunities and workplace culture.
Ivanti’s Women in Tech Survey is carried out annually, and analyses the current challenges faced by women in tech. The survey aims to help organisations recruit and nurture female tech talent, ultimately enhancing innovation and performance. According to the most recent survey, two of the key areas women in technology want to see improvements in are pay and flexibility.
Despite equal pay regulations being in place in the UK since 1970, 46% of the women surveyed stated the technology industry still has work to do to close the gender pay gap. Ensuring men and women in this field receive the same salary when working in equivalent roles would play a key part in fostering the female tech talent pipeline. In fact, 64% of respondents said equal pay and benefits would attract them to a new job. Companies hoping to snatch up the best and brightest women in tech should keep this in mind.
Flexible work hours
In today’s fast-paced reality, professionals across industries see family and career competing for their time. It is therefore no surprise that over half of respondents would prefer an employer with a flexible working policy, or that one third sought part-time work options in management positions. Technology businesses that want to hire women and help them thrive need to accommodate alternative office hours and work on their company culture to eliminate the stigma surrounding flexible working, ensuring female employees feel empowered to achieve their professional and personal goals.
With the current shortage of skilled tech workers, businesses simply can’t afford to ignore the invaluable resource of female talent. With a third of respondents citing the glass ceiling as a challenge they face, working towards equality is the first step to attracting these competent professionals and driving forward progress within their organisations and the industry as a whole.
View the infographic summarising the results.