Women in Tech Report

Report Card

TrustRadius 2021 Women in Tech Report

We spotted this which may be of interest to companies with EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) groups and looking for some information on how the women are faring during the current pandemic.

The Women in Tech Report includes 50+ new statistics and quotes on gender equality in the workplace. Topics include barriers to promotion and unconscious bias.

  • 57% of women in tech feel burned out at work this year, compared to 36% of men.
  • Women in tech are nearly twice as likely as men to have lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the pandemic. 
  • Women are divided on whether remote work has helped or hurt women in tech. 42% say it’s had a negative impact, 41% say the impact has been positive, and 17% say there’s been no impact.
  • 72% of women in tech have worked at a company where bro culture is pervasive. That average includes 83% of women in sales, 80% of women in marketing, and 63% of women in IT/engineering.
  • The majority (72%) of women in tech are regularly outnumbered by men in business meetings by at least a 2:1 ratio. 26% of women report being outnumbered by 5:1 or more.
  • 78% of women in tech feel they have to work harder than their coworkers to prove their worth.
  • Women in tech are 4X more likely than men to see gender bias as an obstacle to promotion. 39% of women see gender bias as a barrier to promotion in 2021.
  • Women of color are less confident than white women about their promotion prospects—and that gap has increased by 3X over the past year.
  • 37% of women of color in tech feel that racial bias is a barrier to promotion.
  • To help support women in tech, 78% of women say companies should promote more women into leadership positions. Other solutions include:
    • Providing mentorship opportunities (72%)
    • Offering flexible scheduling (64%)
    • Conducting unconscious bias training (57%)
    • Offering equal maternity and paternity leave (55%)
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Gender disparity in computing

Reprogramming ENIAC

Interesting Insights

We found this piece this week of interest – it’s a key piece of research and we really need to involve the whole of industry to fix it. (apologies for a picture of a guy with an iPad as its theirs). You can download the research on the link!

Key findings

  • 70% of employers anticipate a shortage, with almost a quarter (24%) expecting it to greatly impact their recruitment
  • The greatest shortages will be felt in Yorkshire (73%), London (62%) and the North (55%)
  • According to CTOs, Cyber Security (56%), BI & Data Management (41%) and Software Development (35%) are the most sought after skills this year.
  • Two-thirds (36%) of technology hiring managers believe the recruitment process takes too long, with more than a quarter (27%) facing competition for candidates who receive multiple job offers
  • Nearly 8 in 10 technology candidates search for their next opportunity on online job boards, however only 28% of employers are currently adopting this recruitment strategy
  • More than half of employers find candidates lack the right technical skills necessary for technology positions
  • Over 20% of technology employers highlight they need to encourage more females into the sector
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Meet our new candidate of the week

Job Candidates

Candidate of the week

After some discussions in the early days of Women’s Tech Hub we found out that many of our members do not have linkedIn profiles. We were interested to find out why, so after some preliminary research i.e. we asked them why they didn’t use the platform, we came to the conclusion that they mainly saw it as a job search site. They feared that being on it whilst in a job may make it appear to their company that they were looking to leave and therefore risk their job security.

We were then asked by a company why the men were on linkedIn, to which we said “do you want to google that or shall we do that for you?” (we can be a bit sarcastic at times when we feel that getting us to google something when they can’t be bothered is akin to asking us to make the tea). The answer we came back with, after yet again not a very thorough or convincing piece of research, was that the men said they liked their boss to know that they are always available for other opportunities as it makes their bosses value them and pay them a competitive rate.

So there we have it – a non-exhaustive or very wide-ranging not really research questioning basically informed us that women would prefer an anonymised version of LinkedIn hence our candidate’s page was born. They may have mentioned something negative about annoying recruiters and being hit on also btw, but the anonymity solves that too.

We’ve decided that we want to start showing off about the great women we have as members who are looking to change companies/careers/city or returning to the industry after a family career break. So here’s this weeks Candidate of the week

Black Lab
Candidate picture replaced with random Dog pic .. cute isn’t it?
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Conference season is coming

BGGD & ACCU/Bllomberg

GirlGeekDinners & Support at the ACCU sponsored by Bloomberg

This month we are being hosted by Bloomberg at the ACCU conference on thursday the 11th April. As its a big stage we are extending the invite to the ACCU conference delegates also. We are also asking that our collaborative local groups also come along so that we can share some of the great initiatives in the Bristol area to the larger audience. You can sign up here to find out what’s on or simply come along for a drink and a catch-up (TEDx have said they will be there also!!)

WordCamp Bristol

Coming up on the 17th – 19th May 2019 @ University of Bristol, School of Chemistry. We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Bristol 2019 is officially on the calendar! Friday 17th May 2019 – contributor day Saturday 18th May – Sunday 19th May 2019 – two days of talks, meeting other WordPress people and getting new ideas. This will be held at the University of Bristol School of Chemistry. Details Here. At only £35 for tickets, we think this is a really well priced!

The Future of the Internet of Things

ExperistechUK, and HBB are pleased to host the second Future of IoT Conference in Bristol on the 25th April. With IoT moving from connecting single products and functions to connecting systems or multiple ecosystems with the support of 5G, AI and Blockchain integrations, interest and adoption in IoT are surging. This year, the event will cover how the burgeoning IoT ecosystem can help businesses in the UK in their transformation journeys – improving business performance and changing the way employees work. It’s free and was really interesting last year – Women’s Tech Hub will be there if you want a chat – sign up here.

DDD Southwest 2019


DDD southwest is coming on the 27th April DDD Southwest is a free-to-attend conference for software developers. – We love free conferences!!

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Cheeky bit of promotion for an awesome woman …

Beth French

A bit cheeky as its not techy but as Beth is such an awesome person, friend, and inspiration we are unashamedly selling this film about her epic swimming Against the tides film screening in Bristol on the 12th May. The screening only goes ahead if they sell all the seats hence the plug … AGAINST THE TIDES follows marathon swimmer, Beth French, as she sets out to conquer Oceans Seven, a challenge consisting of the seven most dangerous sea-channels in the world. For extreme swimmers, it’s the ultimate test; the equivalent to the seven peaks in mountaineering. Only a handful of people have ever completed it, but Beth aims to become the first person ever to swim all seven in one year. “

AGAINST THE TIDES_TRAILER from Against the Tides on Vimeo.


Back to normal service!

Bristol GirlGeekDinners will be at the ACCU on April 11th and sponsored by Bloomberg. We will be announcing and giving details of some of the local groups helping promote women into tech so The Women in Cyber’ academy – a collaboration between our sister Women’s Tech Hub and QA will be there to provide an overview and answer questions, KWMC (Knowle West Media Centre) will be there to announce their ‘Making It’ funded program ” Through practical sessions, you’ll learn a range of skills including how to use digital design software and follow a design process, operate machinery including laser cutters and 3D printers, and design for materials such as wood, fabric, acrylic and card. Open to women aged 16+ from the Bristol county area, and people of any gender aged 16+ from South Bristol “

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