Few people would disagree that diversity within IT and technology is something that needs addressing. This is reflected in many companies hiring strategies and many hiring managers and recruiters are now actively incentivised when it comes to improving diversity amongst their teams.
Despite initiatives such as the above, there is still a significant gap between where companies are now and where they need to be.
Today only 17% of all Computer Science graduates were women, compared to 35% in 1985.
This article takes aim at the tech industry and its failure thus far to bridge the gender gap and does so by sharing some alarming statistics, of particular interest to me was the stat that compared to the 50:50 gender split in the wider US workforce, within STEM industries men outnumber women 4 to 1. Amazingly, despite the undeniable fact we live in a far more technology-centric world today, only 17% of all Computer Science graduates were women, compared to 35% in 1985.
Compared to the 50:50 gender split in the wider US workforce, within STEM industries men outnumber women 4 to 1.
Technology, and the demand for technology shows absolutely no signs of abating and companies are constantly finding new and innovative ways of continuing to make a big impact. I strongly feel that the companies that are taking the diversity issue seriously now by hiring candidates that aren’t necessarily the ‘finished article’, with a view to upskilling them, are setting themselves up to steal a march on their competition and will be reaping the rewards medium and long-term. Even if they feel this may have an adverse effect on their short-term objectives.
From my experience, many companies aren’t taking this approach enough and are sacrificing the long-term benefits of a diverse workforce by bowing to more short-term pressures.