Are Technology jobs tough for women?

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  • 50 % of young women who go into tech jobs leave by age 35,
  • Women employees are experiencing discrimination in the tech industry,
  • Senior human resource leaders are offering strategies to normalize the situation.

The Information and Technology (IT) companies and colleges gathered the information about how the women in technology industry quit their jobs earlier than men in the same industry, also look at the senior human resource (HR) leaders to find the strategies to retain the employees.

The tech companies carried out the study after noticing the demographic imbalances in their workforces. Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and others release diversity reports every year showing incremental progress. Despite investing time, money and PR into corporate diversity efforts, tech companies like Uber are still plagued with reports of workplace discrimination which is the cause of the women workers to leave their places.

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Resetting Tech Culture, the study carried out to gather information from 1,990 tech workers and 500 senior HR leaders in companies employing people in technology jobs. The study will help the industries that are already struggling with a lack of diversity, with the proportion of women declining in the last three decades. According to the feedback, companies could score as well in inclusion as the top performing 20% of firms, there could be an up-to-70% drop in attrition.

On 29 September, Accenture and tech education organization Girls Who Code an Information and Technology (IT) consulting firm also contributed to the research, and they reported that 50% of young women who go into tech jobs leave by the age of thirty-five. 45% of the HR responded that it’s easy for women to thrive in the technology industry and there is only 21% of those who can stand still and sometimes they fall to 8%.

In addition to the above, Accenture and Girls Who Code also found that a disparity exists between how senior HR leaders at companies and women themselves perceive the situation. The study offers some strategies to maintain good relationships between the tech companies and female employees and create more inclusive cultures. This includes setting external goals; encouraging all parents to take parental leave; and providing mentors, sponsors and employee-resource networks.

More than 30,000 women are expected to gather virtually this week for the Grace Hopper Celebration, a 20-year-running conference devoted to supporting women in technology. Less than 38% of the HR leaders suggested that building a more inclusive culture is an effective way to retain and advance women. The report has fallen further behind at the very moment when tech roles are surging and vital to the U.S. economy and its continued leadership around the globe

The IT companies carried out the studies to try and figuring out how the female employees can be secured in their industry to stay longer at work just like a male employee. If they properly use the feedback from the senior HR leaders, probably there will be more than 3 million young women in the tech industry by 2030.

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