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WHY MORE WOMEN ARE NEEDED IN UK TECH

BMC'S Technology Consultant, Hannah Williams

A recent article published by the Guardian reported that more women are needed to bridge the ever-growing skills gap within tech, so what is being done about it? How can we support the recruitment of women within tech-related roles?

The skills gap continues to widen, and employers are increasingly desperate to ascertain the relevant expertise they require for their business to grow and succeed, without the right skills boost, employers can and are, facing a critical period where it is impossible or highly difficult to recruit and retain the right people for the job. Those with the right skills are often snared by the competition – employees aware that they are in a very lucrative situation where other employers are willing to pay a premium for their desired skill-sets.

A shocking figure within the report states that those with STEM related qualifications are likely to earn at least £6k more than non-stem graduates.

The request for more women to plug the gap comes after a waning decrease in women leaving tech related occupations or not being attracted by working in the sector.

BMC’s Technology Consultant, Hannah Williams said of the report: “It’s essential that we begin to see qualified individuals coming forward, I have employers coming to me daily with hard to fill roles particularly within specific tech positions and although we work with excellent candidates, it is essential that our network continues to grow – that’s why it’s essential the government invests heavily in boosting the perception of STEM and specifically tech roles through education to attract females into the tech industry.”

Hannah added: “However in the North East, we’ve seen a huge upturn in employers delivering significant investment and education programmes to promote technology careers. I firmly believe the region is in a powerful position to accelerate its notability as a prestigious tech hub, this is an on-going process and if investment continues the opportunities will be very fruitful. It’s a very lucrative, exciting industry – the North East tech-hub is booming. We’re working with some of the biggest and brightest tech companies in the North East to facilitate their growth plans, and we’re excited to deliver this and continue to support their growing recruitment requirements but action is essential to develop the tech workforce.”

Tell us your views on plans for the Northern Powerhouse… what do you think of tech growth in the North East and how do you think we could help you? We’d love to hear from you!

Email Hannah: Hannah.williams@bmcrecruitmentgroup.com

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/break-into-tech/2017/oct/18/breaking-uk-techs-gender-divide

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