Just 30 per cent of young women want to work in tech, according to a new study.
The research, conducted by Tech City UK, found that while 70 per cent of young men viewed a career in tech as a viable option, only 30 per cent of young women said the same.
The study cited that 24 per cent of women said that tech was not “for people like them”; 38 per cent felt they had a “lack of knowledge about technology”; and 45 per cent thought they did not have the skills to work in the sector.
The survey also found, that while technology was the most popular career choice for men, creative and design and professions were the favourite amongst women.
However, the research did show that young people aged 16 are more likely to want to work in tech than any other age group. Young people, aged 19 and older, expressed a preference to start their own business and work in retail.
Those who did want to work in tech cited reasons such as “the fast moving and exciting nature”, “interesting jobs”, and “good pay”.
Speaking about the findings, Tara O’Sullivan, CCO, Skillsoft, said, “It’s not only men that have continued to enforce the science, tech, engineering and maths (STEM) gender gap.”
“Some women, too, feel that men suit STEM more than they do.”
“This is why there are so many programmes concerned with getting girls into STEM.”
“These on-going drives are trying to eradicate and challenge old fashioned view points held by parents and teachers alike, that girls are less likely to want be involved in STEM career paths – or that they will find it too tough.”
“Some women need to be persuaded to consider a career STEM.”
“The opportunities for them in this industry are rife; it’s a growing trade with growing opportunities.”
“But STEM companies need to make sure that they are promoting and paying women fairly”. The stats would indicate that this may not be the case.”
“Encouraging women to get into STEM ultimately starts with education – from school to the boardroom.”
“In school, coding should be mandatory for everyone; complex problem solving and critical thinking should be part of every day life.”
“Getting female talent into the industry is only half the story, however.”
“Making sure they rise up the ranks is also key – with the support of women in leadership training programmes.”
“Ultimately, a lot needs to change if we are to close the gender gap in STEM.”
“Through education and encouragement of both women and men, we can chip away at out-dated biases and create a more equal workplace.”
You can view Tech City UK’s report here.