By Senna Baillie, Director of Community at VeUP

In an era dominated by technological advancements and digital transformations, the question of gender diversity within the tech sector has gained increased attention.

Recent research even revealed that a significant portion (67 per cent) of UK tech workers believe that women hold the key to closing the tech talent gap, shedding light on an imperative issue that needs addressing within tech.

The tech sector must continue to delve into the reasons behind the underrepresentation of women in tech and unlock opportunities to foster a diverse, inclusive, and thriving tech ecosystem.

Gender disparity from a young age

The gender disparity in the tech industry is not a new concept. It arises from a complex interplay of factors including societal stereotypes, educational disparities and workplace biases all contributing to this imbalance.

From an early age, women are often discouraged from pursuing STEM subjects due to societal norms, and gender biases, which also leads to gender imbalances. Research has found that beyond GCSEs, the gap between the genders in studying STEM subjects is significant: 35 per cent of classes equated to girls, while 80 per cent equated to boys. This early visible male domination of subjects can cause discouragement and has a lasting impact, resulting in fewer women pursuing studies and entering tech-related fields.

However, these imbalances are not reflected in attainment. For example, research from FFT Education Datalab earlier this year found that the difference in the average grades for female and male pupils across pupils’ Attainment 8 scores was largest in computer science and physics, with girls achieving higher. This reveals the potential

Studies revealed that in school, the male-to-female ratio is again mirrored in the workplace, finding that 72 per cent of women were outnumbered by a 2:1 ratio. Moreover, 26 per cent claimed that they are outnumbered by at least a 5:1 ratio. The lack of role models and mentors in the industry further compounds this issue.

Addressing the gender gap

To foster gender diversity in the tech sector, a multi-pronged approach is essential. First and foremost, initiatives should be implemented to encourage girls to pursue STEM education.

Schools and educational institutions can play a pivotal role in debunking stereotypes and fostering an environment where girls feel empowered to explore tech subjects, but opportunities available to them to enter the field must be made clearer. Scholarships, mentorship programmes and coding clubs can all contribute to cultivating interest and talent among young women, and play a key role in inspiring the next generation.

Tech talent can be sourced from all age groups, including mothers who may be returning to work, or those who have simply had a career break. Their interest, aptitude and attitude toward tech can be harnessed and worked upon with various opportunities to learn new skills.

Additionally, companies must actively work to create inclusive workplaces. This involves addressing unconscious biases during hiring processes, promoting flexible work arrangements, and establishing mentorship programmes. Recognising and rewarding female staff achievements, can help them feel valued and reduce turnover rates. Further setting them new goals and challenges, can improve employee experience and satisfaction, all while presenting new opportunities for innovation for the company.

Encouraging women to take leadership roles within tech organisations not only promotes diversity but also brings a fresh perspective to innovation. This becomes increasingly important as according to the DDI’s 2023 Global Leadership Forecast, women make up 28 per cent of tech leadership roles.

The economic impact

The underrepresentation of women in the tech sector is not merely a diversity concern; it also has profound economic implications. A study conducted by Lexology revealed that companies with gender diversity at the executive level are 21 per cent more likely to outperform their peers in terms of profitability. When half of the population is sidelined from contributing fully to the tech industry, it represents a significant missed opportunity for growth and innovation.

Moreover, tech products and services are often developed with a specific user in mind, which can result in pre-biased outcomes when the development teams lack diversity. By having more women actively involved in the tech industry, the products and solutions created are more likely to cater to a broader range of users, leading to increased customer satisfaction and market reach.

The way forward.

    • Education and Awareness Schools should promote STEM education for girls and raise awareness about the diverse career opportunities within the tech sector.


    • Company Initiatives Tech organisations should implement mentorship programs, unbiased hiring practices, and support women’s career progression.


    • Industry Collaboration Partnerships between tech companies, educational institutions, and advocacy groups can facilitate the exchange of best practices and amplify efforts.


    • Media Representation Media also plays a key role in shaping perceptions. Highlighting successful women in tech can inspire the next generation of female tech leaders.

Closing thoughts.

The gender gap in the tech industry is a multifaceted issue that requires concerted efforts from various stakeholders. A diverse workforce is not only a matter of equality, but also a strategic advantage that fuels productivity and drives economic growth.

As we strive to bridge the tech talent gap, empowering women to actively participate in the sector is not just a solution; it’s an imperative for a vibrant and inclusive tech ecosystem that paves the way for a more prosperous future.

About the author Senna Baillie.

Before joining VeUP as Director Of Community, Senna Baillie worked for SyncOrg as Head of Operations from early 2020 to 2022. Senna has a retail management background and has founded and run 3 private sector companies. Senna studied Business Management and Economics at Glasgow University.

Senna is passionate about people, and in particular is striving to create balance in the workforce by addressing the widening digital skills gap between men and women, and the barriers that impede women in technical roles from gaining recognition and reward.

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