You often see tech roles in movies filled with men in hoodies but the reality of it may be a little different now as more and more women are entering the tech industry.
A study conducted by Boston Consulting Group and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority has shown that the tech industry is getting more diverse as women make up 28% of the tech sector workforce worldwide. Leading the change is South East Asia where women account for 32% of tech talent in the tech sector.
Although 32% might seem like a very large number, in reality, only a small percentage of the tech start-ups in SEA have female founders or co-founders. It seems that this is the same elsewhere and, in the US, women make up 17-20% of CIOs in big companies and 27% of IT managerial roles.
In order to grow the tech industry even more with female talents, we certainly need to have more women in leadership positions and as investors. Women are drivers of the economy and they control over USD 43 trillion in global consumer spending. So, it only makes sense that women are working with each other to explore the high-potential female tech market.
Even though there are more female professionals in the industry, it is still not enough as we are a long way from gender parity. It is time for companies to realise that having a more diverse, well-balanced and inclusive team will increase innovation, performance and financial performance.
“Equality is not a women’s issue; it is a societal issue. To get to gender equity we need men to stand with women and drive change as sponsors, mentors, advocates, and allies. When women thrive, everyone benefits. This is not a zero-sum equation.”
We certainly hope to see more women in tech soon as it is a budding sector. Who knows what kind of change they’ll be able to bring to the industry? Check out some great tech job opportunities here.
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