The significance of gender diversity in the workplace has been well-documented, with various studies showing that the more diverse perspectives there are in the room, the better the ideas, outcomes and ultimately the bottom line. One of the industries where the gender divide is most apparent is the tech sector, both globally and in Australia.
Despite a growing number of jobs in STEM, only a quarter of graduates in information and communications technology in the developed world are female – even though more women have degrees than men. Aussie women are falling behind our neighbouring countries with the Women in STEM Decadal Plan finding girls in Australia are the least likely out of all Asia-Pacific nations to undertake science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in school – only 27 per cent, compared to 76 per cent in China and 69 per cent in India.
The IT industry has long been dominated by men, but with digital technologies becoming more prevalent in our lives and being leveraged across all industries, there’s never been a better time for more women to consider a job in the tech sector.