LEADING business organisations have joined forces to increase the number of women taking up technology roles in the UK.
The launch of the Tech She Can Charter sees the industry commit to work together to reach more young females across the UK to inspire them to pursue technology careers.
Currently only 23% of people working in STEM jobs are female. Research by business adviser PwC, one of the charter’s backers, reveals that only just over a quarter (27%) of females say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of males.
And only 3% of females say it is their first choice of career.
The reasons why female students are not considering technology roles range from no one is putting it forward as an option to them, they are not given enough information at school about what working in technology involves and a lack of female role models.
Without coordinated action at school age onwards to create a sustainable pipeline of diverse tech talent, the Tech She Can signatories believe the UK could lose its competitive edge on the world stage.
Sheridan Ash, Women in Tech leader at PwC and the Tech She Can Charter founder, said: “Waiting until women are entering work is simply too late. To boost the number of females in technology, we need to take co-ordinated action to start inspiring girls to consider technology careers while they are still at school..."
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