Celebrating Women in Tech – Insights, Challenges, and Triumphs

Friday, 8th March 2024
International Women's Day Women In Tech

As we approach International Women’s Day, it’s important to highlight the accomplishments of women in the rapidly changing world of technology. Despite facing numerous obstacles in a field often dominated by men, the contributions of women are invaluable. In this context, let’s explore the real-life experiences, challenges, and insights of two women who work at Enreach UK and their career development as women in the tech industry.

Stats on Women in Tech

Before discussing personal stories, let’s consider some eye-opening statistics:

  • Only 19% of the UK tech workforce are women, highlighting the need for greater inclusivity and opportunities.
  • Despite their qualifications and efforts, women in tech face a 9% pay gap compared to their male colleagues, with the divide widening to 16% in IT roles. This disparity reminds us of the ongoing battle for gender equality in the workplace.
  • By age 35, half of women in tech leave their careers for reasons such as workplace culture, lack of opportunities, and family responsibilities.
  • While women constitute 27% of tech students, their representation falls to a mere 3% when it comes to first-choice preferences. Furthermore, only 16% of computer science graduates in the UK are female, highlighting the need to encourage more young women to pursue STEM education.
  • Despite the challenges, there’s a glimmer of hope as 84% of women are inclined towards companies that embrace diversity and inclusivity. This underscores the significance of fostering environments where all voices are heard and valued.

Personal Journeys: Insights from Women in Tech

Let’s shift our focus to the stories of Maria and Hannah, who have made great achievements in the tech industry despite facing various challenges and stereotypes.

Maria Brett, Regional Sales Manager at Enreach UK
“Throughout my journey in the tech industry, I’ve witnessed firsthand the strength and resilience of women. Women excel in multitasking and thriving under pressure, qualities that have been instrumental in my own career.” Reflecting on her experiences as both a professional and a mother, Maria emphasises the importance of embracing challenges and learning from every opportunity.

“Early perceptions in the workplace didn’t deter me. Instead, they fuelled my determination to succeed.”

Maria understands that the idea of gender inclusivity is changing, and she appreciates that Enreach UK is dedicated to fairness and equal opportunities, which will help her career grow. “I’m grateful for an environment that values talent over gender,” she says. Encouraging perseverance and hard work, Maria attributes much of her resilience to her supportive upbringing, particularly her mother’s influence. “Her encouragement instilled in me the belief that I could achieve anything I set my mind to.”

Maria’s story underscores the significance of determination, resilience, and seizing opportunities to forge a rewarding career path within the tech industry, regardless of gender. “It’s about embracing challenges, learning continuously, and making the most of every opportunity that comes your way,” she concludes.

Hannah Merrington-Beddows, People and Culture Advisor at Enreach UK
Hannah shares her perspective on her gender-positive experience at the company.

Reflecting on her journey, particularly within HR, she expresses gratitude for the positive work environment and gender inclusivity at Enreach UK. However, she acknowledges this isn’t always the norm in other businesses.

“Women demonstrate remarkable resilience, using their effective communication skills, sensitivity, and emotional intelligence to facilitate collaboration.”

As a woman in the technology industry, Hannah has been pleasantly surprised by its inclusivity and the opportunities it offers. She often reflects on the inspirations that have helped shape her career: “I draw great inspiration from a quote by Michelle Obama, which underscores the importance of making a positive impact in people’s lives.”

When you’ve put in the hard work, achieved success, and stepped into opportunities, don’t shut the door. Instead, reach back and offer others the same chances that helped you succeed. Success is not about how much money you make; it’s about the impact you have on people’s lives.

Diversity stats at Enreach UK

At Enreach UK, we have progressive results against industry standards, achieving a 50/50 male and female balance within our teams. In addition to this, 58% of management roles are also held by women, reflecting our commitment towards inclusive leadership.

Embracing Diversity, Inspiring Change

So, as we observe International Women’s Day on 8th March, let’s celebrate the progress made by women in tech and increase our efforts to break down barriers, challenge stereotypes, and empower the next generation of pioneers. Together, we can create a world where talent knows no gender and opportunity knows no bounds.

Celebrating Women in Tech – Insights, Challenges, and Triumphs

Hear from a few of Enreach’s Women in Tech as we celebrate this International Women’s Day 2024.

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