It’s time to break the bias against women in tech

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 19th, 2022

It’s time to break the bias against women in tech

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on August 19, 2022

With the tech sector growing exponentially, the shortage of skilled talent is set to worsen unless we solve the lack of women in tech. Not enough girls are studying STEM subjects at school or going on to pursue tech as a career path.

The number of women in tech as a whole increased to 31% this year, but the number of women in leadership roles in the UK tech sector remains stuck at 10%. This is particularly disappointing given that organisations with 30% female leadership earn 15% higher profits–not to mention that diversity leads to better problem-solving and more innovation.

Old-fashioned stereotypes that girls are better at arts subjects and boys at science subjects are still hindering progress, and many young women see tech careers as isolating, uncreative, and overwhelmingly male-dominated. How can we solve this self-perpetuating problem?

Only 21.4% of girls took computer science GCSE in 2020. This means we need to get the message through to girls loud and clear as early as primary school, through initiatives like free after-school coding clubs and programmes like Girls Who Code. Tech companies also need to be reaching out to primary schools, and tech should not be relegated to an extra-curricular activity but embedded in the curriculum.

Another stereotype that needs breaking is the idea that tech careers are uncreative. Tech has never been a more creative field than it is now–during the pandemic, skilled tech workers have found creative and empathetic solutions to unforeseen problems on the fly. Business and schools must work together to change the narrative.

By getting girls interested as early as primary school, we have a great opportunity to bust the myths, solve the skills crisis, and close the gender gap.

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