The percentage of female IT leaders globally remains at 9% – a figure that has changed very little in the past few years despite one third of organisations claiming to have diversity programs, according to the Women in IT Global Initiative.
In fact. a study by auditing, accounting, and assurance firm, PWC, shows that a lack of female role models in technology is reinforcing the perception that a technology career isn’t for them. Only 22% of UK students can name a female working in technology.
But, Your IT Department is hoping to change this. The Nottingham-based firm has recently appointed its first female employee, Samantha Hewson, to the role of Office Manager and is hopeful she can help encourage more women to join what seems to be a male dominated industry.
The firm, has previously struggled to recruit females and Samantha therefore joins a team of 12 men, but doesn’t appear daunted by the prospect. In fact, she says she is looking forward to the challenge as the firm continues to expand.
Your IT Department, which is celebrating ten years in business and currently has 120 clients on its books, boasts a client list that includes the Best Small Business accolade at the East Midlands Chamber Business Awards in 2015.
Speaking of Sam’s arrival,Craig Pearson Director of Sales & Marketing at Your IT is clearly excited at the development: “From our point of view, having a female influence in the office is fantastic.
“IT is seen as a predominantly male sector and we want to change this.
“Hopefully when we get some female applicants coming in, the office will be much more balanced.
“We are excited to see what Samantha will bring to the role.”
Samantha adds: “I am really looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
“I am thrilled at the opportunity to join this predominantly male environment. I have always had a keen interest in technology and am looking forward to recruiting more females in to the industry.”
In 2017, in a further bid to support women, Your IT Department forged a partnership with Derby County Ladies Football team to support more women in a male-dominated sport – becoming not just the team’s ‘Official IT Partner’ but also the Foundation Team shirt sponsor.
And, the company also sponsored Derby County striker, Andi Bell, who moved to the club from rivals Nottingham Forest Ladies for the 2017/18 FA Women’s Premier League season.