Returning In Tech
Posted: Tuesday July 2 2019
By: Guest Blogger
In April 2018 the gender pay gap report stated a 18.6% gap in technology which highlights the lack of female talent at senior levels and this is backed by the research that there is only 5% of females in senior roles in tech in the UK– we can all hazard a guess what is happening to our female talent – they are leaving the tech industry and we aren’t supporting their transition back.
You Can Have It All…..
Returning in tech – A stat I am sure we all know is that only 17% of the tech workforce is female and this hasn’t increased in a number of years.
It’s unsurprising therefore that demand is increasing for tech talent the War for talent is a term we are hearing more and more, currently there are 69,837 tech job in Manchester and in line with current trends this is set to increase to 77,868 in 2019.
When I hear people talk about the challenges I often hear the same thing “there isn’t the talent out there”
However, …. I disagree!
Returning To Tech, Meet Jenny
Jenny is 39 married and has two children she has had a very successful 7-year career in legal but left the industry due to the inflexibility she encountered when raising her children, as a result Jenny took a career break.
Jenny has a wealth of transferable skills such as negotiation skills, working towards customer requirements, effective communication, logical mindset, plus many more.
During her career break she has found her passion for tech and in her own time started to look at code through online courses and attend tech meet-ups in the local area, Jenny is now exceptionally passionate about returning to a career in tech following her own learning and what she has learnt from others.
Her decision however isn’t an overnight one, she’ll have to find childcare for her youngest child, something which I’m sure some of us can relate to, it’s never easy leaving the care of your children to someone else but her drive and commitment to become part of the tech industry supersedes this, she has the desire…