International Women’s Day 2020: Women in Technology

International Women’s Day is held every year on 8th March and has done since 1911. This year, the campaign theme is #EachforEqual because an equal world is an enabled world.

At Seaton Partners, we push for the change we wish to see with 36% of our team being women, and we act as a collective, and individually, because we believe that we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no one single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights”.

As a UK Partner for The WIT Network, we have discussed gender disparity and gender imbalance that exists in the industry, and how as a team we want to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements because we know that each one of us can help create a gender equal world, and we know that equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.

“The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee recently published a report stating that the digital skills gap was costing the UK economy £63 billion a year in lost GDP”.

A recent report by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Select Committee, states: “As digital skills increasingly become the foundation of a competitive economy, businesses need to invest in digital training to increase productivity and stimulate innovation, or we risk the UK being left behind”.

And, research by CompTia identifies awareness as the key cause of females not entering tech careers with 69% of those surveyed attributing a lack of knowledge and understanding about a career in tech as the main reason1.

When speaking with women from Seaton Partners, we found that only a few had planned a career in IT, and many had never considered a career in tech and had found themselves in the industry by chance:

Women in Technology, Seaton Partners Team

“Working in IT was my dream job at 18 and after 13 years of living my dream there is no other place I would have wanted to be. Working in IT has always been interesting, it seems like the middle ground that connects so many other fields, e.g. education, banking, manufacturing, sales and marketing – all of them use IT. It is new every day, the learning curve is sharp. It’s hard not be associated with an industry like this”, Sharon Alphonso, application support analyst.

Hayley Small, applications consultant, comments: “Technology has always been part of my life; however, it wasn’t the career I had planned but now I’m here, I can’t imagine doing anything else. Tech is a fast-paced sector and constantly evolving but it is so rewarding when you work with a company who embrace technology because the difference it can make is truly incredible”.

Marta Obojska, sales and marketing coordinator, When at school, it felt like IT was reserved for very technical people and mainly men, so I didn’t consider tech as a career path and arrived by chance, but I am really enjoy working with new technologies. I appreciate the change and improvements that can be made by applying Microsoft Dynamics, and I’m really enjoying working with people who are open to new experiences, who ask questions and push for change to create improvements”.

 “We know that many students do not know of any women in technology and it’s therefore imperative that we support where possible and encourage girls to consider technology as a career. To do so, we have several activities organised in 2020 to help engage with students of all ages and provide them with role models”, Sara Bliss, projects director and The WIT Board UK member.

Seaton Partners can support with the following during 2020 and welcome interest from schools, colleges and universities:

  • Tech Talks at Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Tech Apprenticeships Opportunities
  • Attendance at School Fairs & Career Events
  • Teacher Support & Mentoring

If you’d like to discuss any of these opportunities or have suggestions on how we could collaborate, then please contact the team, we’d love to hear from you.

1, PwC, Why We Need More Women in Tech, 2020