Women in Tech services
What we do
Offering a range of services, collaborations and communication tools to challenge outdated practice, and to empower and celebrate Women in Technology (WIT). We actively promote equality, advocate women and seek to raise and realise aspirations.
Corecom has been advocating Women in Technology since the outset and, in 2015, grew our own WIT team and series of WITBoss events to celebrate and promote women’s success in the sector. At the helm of the team are our five WIT Ambassadors, who come together from across the business to campaign for and champion women in IT. Addressing the gender gap is a priority for us and this agenda runs through every aspect of our work, from our internal ethos, policies and culture right through to the reach out work we undertake with our clients, candidates and wider community.
Today, 40% of our workforce is female and we work incessantly to cultivate a truly diverse and inclusive culture. WIT, diversity and inclusion are embedded in our core values and these are lived out through our pay and progression policies, alongside our wellbeing and development agendas.
- There is still a significant gender gap in the UK IT sector with women making up an abysmal 19% of the workforce (yet 49% of UK workers are women)
- Only 5% of women are in tech leadership roles
- Only 27% of female university and A-Level students said they would consider a career in technology (with just 3% saying it would be their first choice) PwC UK
- Between the ages of 31-45 women state career prospects are hindered by lack of self-confidence (41%), lack of clarity on promotional prospects (36%) and difficulty achieving work-life balance (35%)
Yet, data shows that gender diversity within organisations drives creative thinking, happy and healthy workplaces and solid financial return. Companies in the top quartile for gender diversity are 15% more likely to have financial returns above their industry average. And what’s more, greater gender diversity at senior exec level makes the biggest return with findings suggesting a rise of 3.5% in operating profit for every 10% increase in gender diversity.
We love to challenge working practices and bias in a fun and engaging way and offer a variety of tools to our clients to do just this:
- Strategic advice on adapting company governance, policies, practices and growth plans to attract and retain female talent and maintain a happy and healthy business.
- Advising clients on implementing fair and effective recruitment tools. These include workshops and consultations to learn about flexible recruitment options, blind CV screening, creating gender inclusive ads and conducting women friendly interviews. All of these workshops address conscious and unconscious bias.
- The design and delivery of branded, digital marketing campaigns for partners, to engage the Women in Tech community.
- Regular articles and blogs created on all of the above.
We have been running annual WITBoss events, showcasing female leaders in the industry since 2015. Bringing a community of +500 women together to network, collaborate and share insights, has proven hugely successful and we have had the pleasure of welcoming inspirational women including Jo Graham – CIO at Boohoo.com, Sandra Cockayne – Head of Retail and Trading Delivery at William Hill and Natalie Lovett – Director at infinity Works to speak.
We recently held our biggest WITBoss event to date, with over 100 women in tech attending to listen to the inspiring stories of Em Ledger – The BBC, Vicky Otley – Optimo, Tim Pepper – BJSS and Kelly Weston – The Data City around the topic, ‘Paving the Path to Leadership’.
Read about it here!
We see outreach as absolutely crucial to driving the pipeline of talent for the tech sector and we work with a variety of partners to reach, support and empower women around their career choices:
- Hosting tech talks at schools celebrating women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Social media content
- Partnerships with the University of Liverpool, Leeds Beckett University and Barnsley College to build career skills for young women in IT
- Community initiatives including providing practical CV, basic IT skills and job application advice to enhance employment opportunities for women refugees and communities at risk of social exclusion
Our Women in Tech Team
Our Women in Technology (WIT) Team can help you to increase the number of women candidates in your recruitment pipeline, become a more female friendly employer and improve your standing within the wider WIT community Increase the number of women in your tech teams.
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What I wanted from this partnership was to be able to take a step back and free me up to focus on my other responsibilities in addition to recruitment. Working with Corecom alone made everything so straight forward. I wasn’t having to chase up several agencies and there was no duplication of candidates. Tunstall was their no1 focus and I trusted them to deliver, which they did. There was noticeable improvements in CV-to-interview and interview-to-placement ratios which was a real pain point before changing the model on how we worked together. Working on a retained basis gave me confidence that extra effort and resource would be put in to filling the roles.