The low level of females pursuing technology careers can in part be attributed to a lack of awareness about the options available to them.
Launching the “Tech She Can Charter”, consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveal that female students are not being given enough information at school about what working in technology involves.
With barely a quarter (23%) of people working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs being female, the Charter aims to tackle the factors that contribute to that shortfall – with a special emphasis on the area of technology.
Research by PwC has found that only 27% of females say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of males (with only 3% of women opting for technology as their primary career choice).
Among the other founding signatories to the Tech She Can Charter are the British Science Association, JP Morgan, Tesco and the Zoopla Property Group.
They believe that, without coordinated action at school age onwards to create a sustainable pipeline of diverse tech talent, the UK could lose its competitive edge on the world stage.
That could, they fear, result in the country not being able to meet businesses’ technology skills needs and losing out on inward investment.
Signatories are therefore committing themselves to a series of actions, including: the work collectively with schools across the UK to educate and inspire pupils to consider a career in technology by developing technology toolkits, and to celebrate and promote successful women as technology role models.
“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,” Charter founder Sheridan Ash said.
More information about the Charter is available at https://pwc.to/2orByea.