As the gender pay gap and equality in all walks of life continue to dominate headlines, Polymedia, strategic PR specialists, has supported a large Hampshire employer in its drive to bring more women into the technology industry.
Business telecommunications provider Onecom has joined forces with many major organisations to sign up to the ‘Tech She Can Charter’, which sees the industry commit to work together to reach more young females across the UK to inspire them to pursue technology careers.
The Tech She Can Charter has been founded to tackle the factors behind the shortfall of women in technology roles. Currently only 23% of people working in STEM jobs are female. PwC’s research Women in Tech: Time to Close the Gender Gap reveals that only just over a quarter (27%) of females say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of males. And only 3% of females say it is their first choice of career.
The founding signatories include PwC, British Science Association, Business 3.0, Digital Jam, everywoman, FDisruptors, Girlguiding, InnovateHer, JP Morgan, Modern Muse, money.co.uk, NatWest Markets, Sophos, Smoothwall, TechGirls, Tech Talent Charter, Tesco, T Systems, and Zoopla Property Group. More organisations are expected to join.
Parysa Hosseini-Sech, Head of Human Resources at Onecom, said: “Onecom is committed to ensuring that all young people, regardless of gender, have the opportunity to pursue and progress in a rewarding career in communications technology. We are delighted to be actively supporting the Tech She Can programme.
“The gender imbalance in technology roles is a key issue of our time that we need to work together to address head on.
“We’re already seeing the huge impact technology is having on our lives. If the sector and people in technology roles don’t reflect wider society there’s a real risk that the products and technology advances will be biased.
“The demand for technology skills from businesses is already reaching critical levels and is only set to increase. This is our chance to build a diverse and inclusive pipeline of technology talent, which will help position UK businesses at the forefront of innovation and investment in the future.”
Onecom, which has headquarters in Hampshire and offices around the UK and Northern Ireland, is the UK’s largest independent business telecommunications provider, operating from 12 regional offices, including London, Cardiff, Southampton, Plymouth, Leeds, Telford, Norwich and Brighton.
The company manages more than over 325,000 mobile connections, delivering communication services and unified solutions across fixed line voice, connectivity and cloud computing to some of the UK’s most dynamic companies. It is currently Vodafone UK’s largest partner.