Smoothwall has joined forces with major organisations to take action to increase the number of females taking up technology roles in the UK. The launch of the ‘Tech She Can Charter’ sees the industry commit to work together to reach more young females across the UK to inspire and educate them about technology careers.
The Tech She Can Charter has been founded to tackle the factors behind the shortfall of women in technology roles. Currently only 23% of people working in STEM jobs are female. PwC’s research Women in Tech: Time to Close the Gender Gap reveals that only just over a quarter (27%) of females say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of males. And only 3% of females say it is their first choice of career. The reasons why female students aren’t considering technology roles include: because no one is putting it forward as an option to them, they aren’t given enough information at school about what working in technology involves, and a lack of female role models.
Without coordinated action at school age onwards to create a sustainable pipeline of diverse tech talent, the Tech She Can signatories believe the UK could lose its competitive edge on the world stage. This could mean not being able to meet businesses’ technology skills needs, losing out on inward investment and creating inherently biased algorithms.
The founding signatories include PwC, British Science Association, JP Morgan, Modern Muse, NatWest Markets, Tech Talent Charter, Tesco and many more. Additional organisations are expected to join over the coming days.