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It’s shocking that nearly 80%, a huge percentage of women, within the sample, were actively discouraged from starting a tech career, by people that they trust.

Half of women actively discouraged from tech careers, QA study finds

14.03.2017

Half of women actively discouraged from tech careers, QA study finds

14.03.2017

50% of women in tech were actively discouraged from entering a technology career by people close to them, a new survey by QA apprenticeships has revealed.

Moreover, 76% of women said they did not view technology as an attractive career path at school, but almost 100% said they had enjoyed their tech career since. 

Lead training and apprenticeship provider QA surveyed over 80 women currently working in tech and later used their answers as part of a video for International Women’s Day.

QA Chief Technology Officer Bill Walker said: “It’s shocking that nearly 80%, a huge percentage of women, within the sample, were actively discouraged from starting a tech career, by people that they trust. Luckily, these ones made it through into the industry, but there will be many who haven’t and are missing out.”

Currently just 17% of the tech workforce is female, a figure that has remained largely the same over the past 5 years. Research conducted for the Tech Partnership’s My Tech Future gender campaign found that school-aged girls often view tech as dull, mechanistic and unsuitable as a viable career choice for them.

An increase in tech role models is often seen across the tech industry as a way to alter these perceptions. 80% of women surveyed by QA agreed role models could help improve the ratio of women in tech.

Software Developer and QA technology apprentice Marta Mendonca said: “It amazes me that so few women are in tech careers, it doesn’t make sense to me. I love my job. I love tech, and I am constantly learning new things and making websites work and function for people and businesses. It’s the coolest job. I really hope that other women reconsider a tech career after seeing this film.” 

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