Typically understood as a male-dominated industry, what is the reality of female take-up in technology careers?
This infographic by coupofy.com pulls from a range of sources to understand how the scales of gender diversity are tipped.
The amount of women in the US who have created tech startups has doubled in five years – but is this fast enough? In Australia, recent studies show an increase of only 3% (comparing 2011 to 2013 stats). At the other end of the spectrum, however, it appears that they’re quickly catching up! The number of female positions in the most recognised tech companies have been increasing faster than males by 238% but, with employment rates holding steady at 15-20%, women still sit in the lowest quartile.
Initiatives to encourage women to step up into leadership roles have been growing in numbers, a prominent being The Women in Tech & Telco Leadership Summit in Australia and New-Zealand. Work-life balance and conditions are major contributing factors that drive women to abandon their career in technology. This can be avoided and there are numerous ways in which organisations can work towards retaining them too.
The question is, are companies fully aware of this?