Women in tech moving in a positive direction, helped by hybrid working

Hybrid working is now commonplace in tech, with 2 to 3 days a week in the office the average requirement.

The Nash Squared Digital Leadership Report, in collaboration with CIONET, is based on data from the world’s largest and longest running survey of senior technology decision makers. The following data are relevant to women in tech:

· This is starting to help have a positive impact on the number of women in the global tech sector:

o Female leaders are up to 14% globally

o Almost a quarter (23%) of the tech team is now female

o 28% of new hires in the last two years have been women. The pipeline is therefore slowly but surely improving.

With almost two thirds (58%) of organisations expecting to increase their technology headcount in 2023 against a backdrop of widespread skills shortages, Bev White, CEO of Nash Squared, said: “Despite continued skills shortages across the global technology sector, our research is showing that organisations are taking innovative steps to ease the challenges – redesigning their employee offers to attract talent and, increasingly, looking beyond their own borders to access bright minds internationally, working remotely. They’ve also been increasing their efforts to attract more women into tech. I am heartened to see progress here: the industry is inching towards the better gender balance it so badly needs.

One area for companies to focus on is the role that men can play in improving diversity. With men making up the great majority of the workforce, it follows that their attitudes and behaviour have a huge impact.

There are many things that men can do to play a positive part in gender diversity. For instance, it’s about appreciating that better diversity is in everyone’s interests. Numerous studies have shown that diverse workplaces are more productive. They foster diversity of thought and innovation. This doesn’t only apply to gender, but to diversity in all its forms. So, creating a more diverse workplace benefits us all.

Men should also not be too hesitant about getting involved! This particularly applies to women’s networks, which have become common in many organisations. If men are involved too, this helps increase their understanding of issues and join the dialogue about solutions for change.”

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