An equal world is an enabled world. Only one in six IT Infrastructure Professionals in the UK is female.
According to the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS), just over half of the 6.5 million Britons working in professional occupations are women. However, among the 998,000 working in IT and telecommunications, the ratio falls to just one in six, and just one in eight of the UK’s 338,000 programmers and software development professionals are women.
While these figures show that progress on gender equality is being made in some areas, others, and in particular the tech sector, are lagging behind. So, what can be done to address this?
Should businesses be using quotas and targets to fill roles with certain types of candidates, and if so, do they work and are they fair? Would it help to have more female role models and better press coverage of their achievements?
Whatever your business, there is no doubting the benefits of a diverse workforce. While International Women’s Day and other such campaigns are a big help when it comes to profile-raising, the time has come for organisations to stop just paying lip service and start acting on their words. We hope to help increase not only gender equality but also overall diversity and inclusion within IT Infrastructure. Join us on our journey.
We want to shine a light on the topic specifically for those working within IT Infrastructure.
We are already supporting events like CYBERWOMEN 2020 in Germany and hope that initiatives like these will give women and girls the confidence to take on a career in IT Infrastructure.
However, we’ve seen a lot of women in tech initiatives over the years yet still only 10% of participants in our latest market and skills report were female. Although we were hoping that this is not a representative number, day to day conversations with industry specialist show a similar result.
Although we are huge fans of initiatives encouraging women and girls in tech, we think that this is not enough. Diversity & Inclusion is not only about the female-male divide. It is about tackling biases based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, disability, sexual preference and age (just to name a few) and ending discrimination completely.
We have signed the Tech Talent Charter pledging to help drive diversity and inclusion within the technoligy sector. The Tech Talent Charter is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity.
We are providing a platform for those working within or interested in IT Infrastructure to share their experiences with us and to come up with possible solutions together.
"Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance."
Where are you the most you
We believe in the importance of diversity and see International Women’s Day as the perfect opportunity to champion not only the differences, but also the collective abilities of our own women. Here we look beyond the job titles and ask the question, ‘where are you most you?’
At Franklin Fitch, we believe our differences are essential in bringing new ideas to the table. We celebrate our women individually, but also as a unit. We’re collectively different and that’s how we like it.
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