WeAreTheCity is proud to support the Tech She Can Charter, pledging to boost the number of women pursuing careers in technology.
WeAreTheCity is joining forces with 19 major organisations, including PwC, JP Morgan, Tesco and Girlguiding, to take action to increase the number of women taking up technology roles in the UK.
The Tech She Can Charter has been founded to tackle the factors behind the shortfall of women in technology roles. Currently, only 23 per cent of people working STEM jobs are female. PwC’s research, Women in Tech: Time to Close the Gender Gap reveals that only just over a quarter of females say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 62 per cent of males. Even more shockingly, only three per cent of females say it is their first choice of career.
Female students highlighted that some of the reasons they aren’t considering tech roles include because no-one is putting it forward as an option to them; they aren’t given enough information at school about what it entails; and a lack of female role models.
By signing the Tech She Can Charter, signatories are pledging to work with schools across the UK to educate and inspire pupils to consider a career in tech; to maximise the impact by targeting schools in the Government’s social mobility ‘coldspots’; to celebrate and promote successful women in tech role models; to ensure inclusive access to technology roles; and to support the right environment to attract, recruit and retain females.
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 coordinated action to start inspiring girls to consider technology careers while they are still at school.”
“By working together we can reach more females at an earlier stage of their lives.”
“We need to work harder to raise awareness about the exciting range of technology roles out there, in a sector that has the power to change the world.”
“Promoting visible and relatable role models is a huge part of this, as it’s hard for girls to aspire to be something they can’t see.”
“There are many brilliant women working in technology roles right across the UK, from creatives and designers, to coders and data scientists.”
“Technology is open to all and we need to get that message across.”
Speaking about the pledge, Vanessa Vallely, MD, WeAreTheCity, said, “WeAreTheCity have always been passionate about supporting Women in Tech through our various WeAreTechWomen initiatives. ”
“We are exceptionally proud to support the Tech She Can Charter and look forward to be a part of a campaign which supports women and enables them to thrive in the tech industry.”
Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries added, “We want to be at the forefront of tackling the gender imbalance in the tech workforce and make sure the fantastic opportunities on offer are available for everyone.”
Through WeAreTheCity’s dedicated tech arm, WeAreTechWomen, we highlight gender specific tech news and provide a spotlight for inspirational women in tech including Dame Stephanie Shirley; Sinead Bunting, Monster; Debbie Forster, Tech Talent Charter; and Mivy James, BAE Systems.
WeAreTechWomen also holds an annual conference, aimed at women in the tech sector who are looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks. A number of the conference tickets are also gifted to students and returners.
WeAreTheCity Jobs also promote technology jobs for various organisations including PwC, Deloitte, BNY Mellon and Worldpay, amongst others.
In 2017, WeAreTechWomen launched its TechWomen50 awards, celebrating up-and-coming inspirational female tech talent and creating a new generation of female role models for the industry. You can find out more and view the previous winner’s here.