Women in Tech: Celebrating Diversity this International Women’s Day

Women in Tech – Celebrating Diversity this International Women’s Day

For 2024, the theme of ‘Inspiring Inclusion’ is driving International Women’s Day on March 8th. As a proud inclusive employer, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore the importance of women in the technical workplace. This year’s theme of inclusivity reminds us that true progress is achieved when we empower women to succeed. From educating young people about the increasing amount of tech careers on offer, to shining a light on successful female leaders, Infotel as an organisation recognises that inspiring young women with the opportunities available to them is crucial for them to achieve their full potential.


How are women in tech represented?

The technology sector in the UK (much like its global counterparts) has long been characterised by a gender imbalance. The challenge lies not only in attracting women to pursue careers in technology, but also in retaining and qualifying them within their roles. So, creating an inclusive tech culture isn’t just a feel-good move – it’s a smart one!

Inclusion has become so much more than a corporate buzzword: it’s the cornerstone of a thriving and innovative workplace. A diverse workforce brings a variety of perspectives, experiences, and approaches to the table, fostering creativity and driving business success.

Inspiring Inclusion in the Workplace

Leadership Commitment: Shaping the culture of an organisation can (and should!) start at the top. Companies can demonstrate a genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion by encouraging those in leadership positions to actively champion and support initiatives aimed at creating an inclusive environment.

Educate and Celebrate: Introducing educational programs that raise awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion can contribute to breaking down stereotypes and biases. Companies can organise workshops, lunch-and-learns, or even casual chats to educate everyone about gender diversity.

Flexible Work Policies: By recognising the unique challenges faced by women, especially in balancing career and family responsibilities, companies can implement flexible work policies. Offering remote work options, flexible hours, and parental leave can go a long way in supporting women in their careers.

The Role of Female-Driven Networking Communities

Local female-driven networking communities focused on the tech sector play a crucial role in empowering all women in tech.

The innovative Code First Girls is one of the largest providers of free coding courses for women globally, reaching a diverse range at the start of their careers. We’re also proud to be strong advocates of Women in Tech North East, who highlight career and progression opportunities in the North East as well as finding sustainable ways to advance gender equality in the sector.

Connecting with like-minded individuals encourages growth and confidence to voice concerns in a constructive way, allowing women to navigate the challenges of the industry collectively. These groups also present opportunities for women in tech to build relationships while achieving personal and professional mentorship, which should always be encouraged to inspire inclusivity.

The future for women in tech

We’ve been thrilled to recently learn that the gender pay gap in the technology sector seems to be decreasing for future generations. 13.9% of women aged 18 to 24 started coding when they were in school, while 20.9% of men the same age did. This is a vast improvement when comparing men over the age of 35, who are twice

as likely as women to have started coding before age 16. (Women in Tech Statistics, 2024)

This International Women’s Day, let’s raise a glass (virtual or not!) to the amazing women making waves in the UK’s tech scene. Inclusion isn’t just a checkbox; it’s the spark that ignites innovation. Whether you’re part of a tech giant or a start-up dream team, let’s ensure everyone has a seat at the tech table.

About the author:

Lauren Dodd

Marketing Executive