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Article by Jane Craven, Sales Director for UK and Ireland at EPOS

Efforts in the UK to increase the number of women entering a career in STEM have by and large been successful – notably, the UK beat its 2020 target to reach 1 million women working in core STEM roles, highlighted in WISE’s 2019-2020 report.

While this is great news and a milestone of significance it still only represents a step in the right direction. There is still work that needs to be done to address gender disparity across much of the UK tech sector. For instance, women only make up 12% and 16% of engineering and IT professionals, respectively.

A lack of diversity limits the talent pool a business can draw from and prevents diverse, unique, and innovative voices from being heard – diversity in STEM acts as a catalyst for technological advancement – but only when stimulated. If these technologies are to truly benefit us all, then those developing them must represent a diverse cross-section of society.

Additionally, diversity benefits businesses, firms in the top quartile for gender diversity are 21% more likely to enjoy above-average profitability than companies in the bottom quartile.

Businesses across the sector, including EPOS, are on a collective journey to create an industry that is diverse as the world we see around us. Diversity can no longer be a box ticking exercise, not only is there a business case for it but also a moral impetus– as an industry we must recognise that there is always room for improvement and do our utmost to achieve it.

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