How Do We Make Technology Jobs More Appealing To Women?

Encourage Girls to Take an Interest in Tech

While ICT and Computer Science are both taught at GCSE level, the number of young girls taking these subjects is declining. It’s a no brainer then that to increase the number of women working in tech; we need to increase the number of female pupils choosing these subjects.

Eager young female students with their hands up in class
If we want to encourage more women to consider careers in tech, we need to pique their interest before they consider their GCSE options.

Provide Competitive and Fair Salaries

The first step is to address the gender pay gap in the tech sector. According to a survey of over 1,000 women in the technology industry, a massive 78% believe that men earn a higher salary than them. These beliefs don’t just come from anywhere.

Create Gender-Neutral Job Descriptions

Yes, there is a thing as gender bias with regards to your job descriptions. Companies don’t discriminate consciously — they’re not actively doing it to appeal to men rather than women. It’s just that a lot of descriptions include words and terminology that appeal to men. When advertising jobs, avoid titles that are more male-orientated, like guru, ninja, hacker, etc. Instead, use more descriptive titles as it makes it easier for women to identify with the roles.

Promote Existing Female Employees

When seeking reasons for the lack of women in tech, something that stands out above all is the lack of representation in higher up positions. In fact, research reveals that men in the UK fill 77% of tech director roles. Which begs the question; why would any woman apply for a job in an industry if she can’t see there’s any room for career progression?

To make technology jobs more appealing to women, we need to see more women being promoted into senior roles like this one is right here
If employers want to make technology jobs more appealing to women, they need to promote more females into senior positions.

Offer Female-Friendly Employee Benefits

Benefits can go a long way to attract more women to the technology sector. A whitepaper published about women in STEM finds that 74% of respondents felt that diversity initiatives were critical when researching potential employers. In essence, they are more likely to consider roles when they receive female-friendly benefits.

Women working at computers in a large spacious office
To see so many women working in technology is a rare sight but it shouldn’t be! We all need to work together to change that.

A Few Final Thoughts on Making Technology Jobs More Appealing to Women

No one can deny that there is definitely an issue regarding women in tech jobs. Too few female students consider these jobs, which results in a low proportion of women in the sector.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog