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Tech initiative aims to boost gender equality

Published: March 16, 2016

A new initiative has helped to significantly boost the number of women in the tech sector.

According to specialist global tech recruitment consultancy, Empiric, its Future Tech Girls campaign will help to inspire 5,000 more women into taking up jobs in the industry. Currently, just 17 per cent of the technological workforce is made up of women.

This is primarily due to there being a distinct lack of awareness of the opportunities and career paths available within the technology sector.

As part of the campaign, Empiric will bring together UK companies – including RBS, JP Morgan, Hive, Softwire, VE Interactive, Output Studio, Blippar and Digital Catapult – as well as working groups and bodies including TechUK, Tech London Advocates and The Greater London Authority to boost awareness about the options available to women.

Speaking about the initiative, Sam Kamyar, co- founder of Future Tech Girls and managing director at Empiric, said: “While the tech community is already making huge strides in addressing gender disparity across the sector, we aim for Future Tech Girls to add an extra dimension to the industry-wide mission to create a more balanced workforce. We don’t have a magic wand, but by working collaboratively with similarly-minded organisations, we can increase the number of women working in technology.

“Fast forward five years, and I hope that this initiative is integral to a shift towards sustainably and strategically getting more girls into tech.”

It is hoped that by the end of the year, Future Tech Girls will have been successful in allowing 100 Year 10 girls who are studying ICT or Computing at GCSE level to gain placements in the industry.

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