With the help of G&T (girls and tech!), approximately 85% of our placements at G.Digital are female. We pride ourselves on working with the best talent on the market and will only ever send our partners the best candidate for the job. Hiring should always be based on merit and not gender!
We’ve welcomed over 2000 ladies to our G&T events, advised businesses across the UK on how to hire (and retain) women and helped tech scaleups build robust D&I strategies for vital high growth periods.
The pressure managers feel to hit a perfect gender split in an industry where only 26% of its workforce are female, is simply unattainable!
Instead of desperately trying to hire women to tick a box and hit a HR quota, why not put this energy into investing in the big picture. Slow and steady wins the race. Focus on the wonderful ladies you already have in the team, are they happy? Are they supported? Have you offered them promotions? Do you have internal WIT events? Do you hire juniors/ grads?
Attracting women is the easy part. Once you can nurture, promote, and RETAIN them, THEN you’re onto a winner.
The UK tech ecosystem is currently valued at over £800 billion, showing no signs of slowing down! Across the UK, the average salary in tech is £62,000 with entry level roles paying up to £35,000.
In 2022 there were more than two million people in the UK’s tech sector, however men dominate the industry, making up over 75% of the UK tech workforce.
The lack of women in tech is a grassroots issue, girls aren’t considering tech careers as they aren’t given enough information on what working in the tech sector involves. Only 27% of female students said they would consider a career in tech (compared to 61% of males), and only 3% said it was their first choice and we want to change this!
If we do nothing to bridge the gender and digital skills gaps, then there will only be one qualified woman for every 115 tech roles by 2025!
Girls and Tech of Tomorrow (known as G&TT) is our latest initiative aimed at helping diversity in tech at grassroots level by educating girls about the roles in tech and the potential careers they can pursue! A common misconception is that you have to come from a techy background to have a career in tech, and we want to show these girls that this is absolutely not true!
G&TT will consist of a number of initiatives, including the first of many career days. The day is designed for girls aged between 18-25 who are unsure of their future career plans.
Whether you’re actively pursuing a role in tech or literally have no idea about what tech entails, G&TT welcomes everyone from all backgrounds and experiences. Don’t have a degree? No problem! It’s open to all backgrounds who can contribute from different perspectives, all you need is an open-mind and a passion for learning!
The day will consist of full-day workshops with lightning talks from tech professionals from our wonder G&T (girls and tech!) community giving an insight into their roles including:
As well as career workshops from the G.Digital team on:
There will also be chance to network with some of the top tech employers who offer Academies / Grad Schemes in the Leeds area at the end of the day!
It’s an absolutely phenomenal opportunity to network and get your foot in the door for people trying to break into the tech scene in Leeds!
For event details, please visit here.
Please Note: The closing date for event applications is Friday 3rd November.