Inside our report, you’ll find out why women are switching into tech, what careers they are coming from and what exactly attracts them to tech enough to switch careers.
CAREER SWITCHER RESEARCH PAPER REPORT
The gender gap in the tech industry will not be closed by the UK’s education system alone
With an estimated one qualified woman for every 115 tech roles in the UK by 2025, more needs to be done to close the digital skills gap.
While the UK’s tech job market is predicted to grow six times to be worth £30bn by 2025, we estimate that as things stand there will only be one qualified woman for every 115 roles. This report highlights that the gender gap in the tech industry will not be closed by the UK’s education system alone.
SWITCHING TO TECH
With 80% of Code First Girls’ community coming from non-computer science, mathematics, or engineering backgrounds, it’s clear that girls are not being encouraged into tech careers and pathways early in their education. But, just because women are not encouraged into these careers does not mean they lack the skills or capability to succeed in the industry.
CLOSE TO 50% OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE CAREER SWITCHERS AND THIS IS INCREASING
Career switchers are providing companies access to the top diverse talent they need in order to flourish. By bringing a range of different perspectives and experiences, career switchers are strengthening employers’ ability to problem solve and come up with creative and innovative solutions.
57% of career switchers have leadership experience and with their range of skills usually progress faster in organisations.
KEY EMPLOYER TAKEAWAYS INCLUDED
Code First Girls is very proud to launch this report, which includes key employer takeaways and valuable insights into how to attract and retain career switchers; from creating the right environment with support and flexibility to building pathways for continued development.