The subject of women working in tech should not really be an issue in the modern age but unfortunately women are still unrepresented in technology roles and even less when it comes to senior positions. Despite equality and diversity legislation in many counties there is still an issue and one that needs to be constantly addressed to redress the balance.
There are numerous forums and other platforms that can help highlight these issues and any organisation keen to tackle the lack of women working in tech can access a plethora of resources. Whilst great strides have been made to fight for equality in the work place between men and women it is the tech industry that still has a significant imbalance and tackling this should still a priority for hiring managers and head-hunters.
In 2019 48% of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics disciplines) report discrimination in the recruitment and hiring process. They are also highly underrepresented in software engineering (14% of total workforce) and computer science-related jobs (25% of total workforce). What is even more concerning is that 50% of women said they have experienced gender discrimination at work.
The importance of this topic is significant as demonstrated by The Women in Technology World Series Online Festival (Ascend Global Media) that attracts more than 10,000+ female tech professionals and diversity advocates from across the globe each year. This event is not alone there are similar events taking place around the world every year and attendance is recommended for any hiring manager or head hunter with an interest in diversity in the tech industry.
Despite some of these gloomy statistics there are encouraging signs of change with a 24% increase of representation of women in the C-Suite over the past five years across all sectors but when it comes to hiring and promoting digital tech talent employers need to put more emphasis on women at the entry and managerial levels. Within recruitment and HR departments there is likely still an element of unconscious biases when it comes to recruiting for tech roles because of underlying attitudes and stereotypes people associate with such positions. This is unfortunately a historical issue because tech is still a male-dominated sector. Despite the current challenges there are hiring tools and recruitment technology that help to address diversity issues in tech and digital talent recruitment.
There are a few companies out there who are game changing the face of tech recruitment. Hire Digital is a start-up recruitment company with a global presence that has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to manage the digital tech recruitment process addressing such issues as diversity. Their talent management software platform gives digital talent recruiters a strict criterion for posting job adverts and descriptions and their AI works in such a way that it generates a much smaller more targeted candidate list by using up to 40,000 attributes. They key to this is efficiency, recruiters spend less time generating job advertisements and trawling through hundreds of CV’s to get their shortlist, Hire Digital can rapidly access up to 1bn talent globally.
Hire Digital is AI with a human touch that is completely revolutionizing the recruitment and selection process. It’s two times faster, 50 % cheaper and ten times more accurate than traditional hiring tech. To find out more speak to Robin Brohl at Hire Digital, he is a real person and would love to engage with you and help you streamline your recruitment processes.
Data from Pew Research Center, Statista and Mckinsey