Bridging the gender gap in IT across Yorkshire 27/05/2016

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Bridging the Gender Gap in IT across Yorkshire

Leeds-based recruitment consultancy, Corecom Consulting, launches a new event aimed at bridging the gender gap in the IT industry.

WITBoss was launched last week and welcomed speakers from WISE Campaign and BCSWomen Specialist Group, talking about the lack of diversity in tech companies and the initiatives in place to bridge the gender gap.

The networking event enticed 24 attendees from Yorkshire-based IT companies to learn from reputable IT professionals sharing their experiences and educating female professionals on how to overcome gender prejudices.

Jonathan Sanderson, Managing Director of Corecom Consulting said:

“Gender equality is clearly still an issue in tech industries nowadays.  Ever since a Goldman Sachs course that Helen Wollaston of WISE was speaking at I’ve been intrigued by WISE’s offerings and the importance of creating role models to promote young females in science, technology, and engineering.

“Since the recent birth of my daughter I’d love to think that there were equal opportunities for her to work in IT and progress to Board Level, therefore gender equality needs to exist, and there needs to be the right people at the top encouraging this.”

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive of WISE said:

“Digital jobs in the North grew ten times faster than non-digital jobs, according to a new report by Tech North.  One in 20 of the workforce in the North is employed in digital and the jobs are well paid.  Digital jobs in Leeds pay £5.50 per hour more than non-digital.  I want women to be part of this growth.  It is good for women and good for business.”

Gillian Arnold, Chair of BCSWomen and listed in the top 10 most influential women in IT 2015 by Computer Weekly said:

“Shockingly, we make little progress on increasing the numbers of women in technology roles in the UK.  Whilst I believe that much of the issue is for the employers to deal with, I know that women in tech will want to get active and boost their own chances of getting the best career they can get.

“The session offered hints and tips to the attendees to help them find ways to break through the glass ceiling and progress to Board Level within their organisations.”

Following the success of the networking event, Corecom Consulting is set to launch another WITBoss event later this year, providing females with further advice, and a wider network of like-minded professionals.  WITBoss has enabled attendees to develop strong affiliations with influential IT leaders and companies like WISE which promotes and encourages young females into the technology sector.

WISE is accepting nominations for its 2016 annual awards, recognising inspiring organisations and individuals actively addressing the core concerns of WISE: promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics to girls and women.

To find out more about WITBoss contact us at witboss@corecomconsulting.co.uk

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