BI and Tech

Women in Technology

At Panintelligence we are committed to building a diverse business. Research has revealed that in many technology organisations there is considerable imbalance between the number of men and women.

We believe in being inclusive and are passionate about creating a supportive environment that is an attractive place to work for both men and women.

In support of this two members of the team recently attended a Women in Technology breakfast seminar, organised by Spring Technology.

The event was designed to explore the gender imbalance and look at ways to encourage more young women to choose a career in IT.

Guest speakers included Nikki Moore, the founder of Girl Geek Chic and a presenter on BBC, ITN and Sky News. She is the founder of an award winning technology and gadget website and is keen to see more women embrace technology as a career.

Spring's research revealed that in 2014, women accounted for just 16.4% of the country's IT and Telecoms professionals.

This is just under 200K out of a total workforce of 1.2 million. While the largest proportion (17.2%) of the female workforce was found at a senior IT specialist manager level, one of the smallest groups (3.6%) operates at Director level.

As a business intelligence provider, it was very interesting for us that one of the areas of notable growth in female participation includes business analytics.

"Inspiring our young women is crucial. We need to show girls that technology is the most creative career you can have. We need to tell our girls that if they want to change the world, technology is the best way to do it!" said Belinda Parmar OBE, the CEO of Lady Geek and Little Miss Geek, the social enterprise.

My latest project is Little Miss Geek - the Book and the Campaign - which aims to inspire young women to become Tech Pioneers. Currently only one in five of the technology workforce is female and that figure is going down every year. I want young women to not just dream of owning tablets and smartphones, I want them to help build them.

Source: Belinda Parmar: Women in Technology - Red Online

The morning seminars outlined a number of factors that can encourage more young women to consider technology.

These included the importance of mentoring and role models who can offer support from an early age.

Employers in the information and communications industries are taking on more graduates that do not have a relevant qualification.

Also a significant proportion of those in IT and telecoms fell into it after working in another industry.

Zandra said "The event provided real insight into the challenges facing businesses like ours. I came away with some great ideas about how we can proactively reach out to organisations and women locally and implement specific actions that will help improve our recruitment processes."

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