Happy New Year & the State of the industry for women in tech
We hope you all had a wonderful break and managed to overindulge with friends and family. Welcome to the new year and here’s hoping it will be a year filled with great people, friends and enjoyable jobs. We have some plans for Workshop Wednesday activities and a website redesign coming up so lots to keep an eye out for.
State of the industry for women in tech
We’ve had a look around to see what the summary is on the state of the industry for including women and decided it was best for you to take a look yourselves. We know its a great industry and its worth understanding a bit about the issues it faces as it tries to fix its glaring adversity issue and also what some of the working solutions are out there. Note there are some very common themes coming across in all of these (see if you can spot them!)
Barriers for Women in Tech infographic from women in tech
Key in this analysis are the findings that having key allies, support and mentorship are critical.
From Finances online: 52 Women in Technology Statistics: 2022 Data on Female Tech Employees
Highlights that girls are still not taking stem careers, Georgia has the highest number of women in STEM (we have found this common in ex eastern block countries), and also highlights the wage disparity and drop out rates of women in tech industry notably lack of support and career progression shows highly here.
From Computer Weekly: Top 10 women in tech and diversity in tech stories of 2022
Some key points:
- Young people are leaving tech because of bad culture
- Around 65% of tech recruiters say there’s bias in the hiring process
- UK tech has 2.8% gender ‘wage gap’, says Hired
- 60% of tech workers say more needs to be done on diversity
- Young people in tech unhappy despite inclusion push
- Women more likely to leave tech jobs than men
From WEF: Global Gender Gap Report 2022
We’ll leave you to wade through these slightly depressing figures (clue – nordic countries are best to live in for women) and a key point:
Based on data from the LinkedIn platform, women are under-
represented in six of the eight micro-clusters with the
highest employment growth rate (people and culture,
content production, marketing, sales, specialized
project managers, data and AI, engineering and cloud
From Women who tech: The State of Women In Tech and Startups
This is turning out to be some depressing reading – but knowledge is power so all worth a read.
- Women founders continue to be harassed at alarming rates.
- 41% of women founders who were harassed experienced sexual harassment.
- Women of color founders were harassed more by investors.
- 40% of women founders who experienced harassment said they were harassed by an investor.
- Nearly 50% of women founders were told they would raise more money if they were a man.
- The majority of men founders say there has been a positive impact since the #MeToo movement. Women founders feel the exact opposite.
- 48% of women working in tech experienced harassment compared to 11% of men.
- 43% of women in tech who said they were harassed were sexually harassed.
- Women in tech aren’t reporting the harassment they experience to senior leadership at the same rate as they have previously.
- 70% of women in tech say they have been treated differently at work due to their gender, compared to 11% of men in tech.
Exploding Topics: 74+ Shocking Women In Tech Statistics (2023)
- Women currently hold only 26.7% of tech-related jobs.
- Tech firms with more than 10,000 employees report women’s representation at 26.2%.
- The percentage of women in all tech-related careers has actually decreased over the last 2 years.
- Women in software engineering report a lack of equal pay, making 0.93 cents for every dollar that men in the field make.
- Despite equal access, the percentage of women pursuing STEM subjects in higher education is on the decline, and women achieve just 18% of new computer sciences degrees.
- Companies that implement voluntary gender equality training for recruitment practices, hire fewer women than companies that implement mandatory training.
- More than 50% of women in tech report gender inequality, discrimination, or sexual harassment in male-dominated environments.
- In prior years, women have received as little as 2% of all investment funds in a given year and receive far less global venture capital funding than male entrepreneurs.
- Pandemic conditions are among the more significant challenges women face, with over 50% of women reporting difficulties due to pandemic workplace changes.
- Companies that perform intersectional pay audits hire women at 1.3 times the rate of other companies.
Women tech network: 100 Women in Tech Leaders To Watch in 2023
To cheer you up we thought we’d link through to some amazing women that are succeeding!
If you are interested in any of our candidates please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. If any of you are looking for jobs then feel free to send us your requirements and we can put you on our candidate list.
Job(s) of the Week
There are some top jobs from our clients wanting to make a difference and ensure that they reach out to recruit a more diverse workforce. Please check out all of the jobs on our jobs board and get in touch if you want to reach out to our members at email@example.com.
*Note: We will take a break over Xmas and be back in the New year on the 11th of January for Workshop Wednesday Hack night with codehub is back on the 3rd January
We collaborate with various groups to run workshops and hack nights, upcoming events are below.
Bi-Weekly we run Workshop Wednesdays in collaboration with CodeHub
- You can sign up to pop along with either Women’s Tech Hub ~ Bristol • Bristol or CodeHub Bristol • Bristol
- We also host a Drop-In Session by Bristol Data Science and Machine Learning Study Group • Bristol – which is where you can pop along, meet other like-minded data people and ask Chew about all things data.
For details check out our WW page here.
On alternate Tuesday evenings there is Code Hubs’ Hack Night by CodeHub Bristol • Bristol and Women’s Tech Hub ~ Bristol • Bristol currently this is online only, although there is talk of going back live so if you are a venue wanting to host please get in touch.
Girl Geek Dinners (Bristol and Bath)
Check out the coming events on our dedicated page – pop along and support the organisers as it takes work to run these things and it’s great to find a supportive network.
Not a lot of conferences this week but we have updated our page so you can check out the ones coming up this week Conferences.
CES January 5th-8th 2023, Las Vegas
The world’s largest technology show makes a triumphant return to Las Vegas in 2023.
CES® is the most influential tech event in the world — the proving ground for breakthrough technologies and global innovators.This is where the world’s biggest brands do business and meet new partners, and the sharpest innovators hit the stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, CES features every aspect of the tech sector.
As a suggestion from one of our lovely members (Thanks Gabs #1!), we have also set up a “buymeacoffee” page for those wanting to give us a small thank-you. Check it out here.
Women’s Tech Hub products
The candidates page advertises the skillsets of the women we have looking for roles in the area (and some of our male allies).
Jobs Board for those wanting to advertise specifically to our members in the area – check it out here.