Females count for only 18% of jobs

Women seeking a better balance in technology

tech womenA group of senior businesswomen are taking action to get more women into jobs in Scotland’s booming technology sector.

They have formed a panel to lead a discussion of the issue and offer some proposals on how to correct the imbalance.

Scotland’s technology sector is on an upward curve, but women count for fewer than a fifth of the jobs (18%) that are being created.

As part of DLA Piper’s Leadership Alliance for Women and Women in Technology initiatives, the panel event, held in collaboration with Deloitte will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 26 April.

The panel will explore issues relating to the gender make-up of technology companies and share their company’s initiatives.

The panel comprises Ann Budge, technology entrepreneur and current CEO of Heart of Midlothian FC, Carolyn Jameson, chief legal officer at Skyscanner, and Rebecca Heaney, a technology consultant at software developer Craneware will share their experiences, successes and challenges.

Ishbel MacPherson, senior associate at DLA Piper will chair the event, while Elizabeth Gutteridge, forensic partner at Deloitte, will present Deloitte’s findings.

Companies are investing millions in attracting and retaining women in the tech sector – Intel announced its $300 million “Diversity in Technology” initiative last year. But Deloitte says progress is “glacially slow”.

In its TMT Predictions for 2016, the firm has predicted that by the end the year fewer than 25% of information technology jobs in developed countries will be held by women.

Ms MacPherson said: “There has never been a better time for women in Scotland to find success in the technology sector. This event is an invaluable opportunity to hear first-hand from some of Scotland’s leading lights in the tech sector about their successes and the steps being taken on the path to parity in the sector.”

DLA Piper’s #PledgeForParity in the Technology Sector event is panel discussion and networking drinks event.

It is free to everyone with an interest in this topic.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To register your attendance, contact Sarah Jayne Scott – SarahJayne.Scott@dlapiper.com@dlapiper.com or visit https://www.dlapiper.com/en/uk/insights/events/2016/04/pledge-for-parity-in-the-tech-sector/26-april-edinburgh/.

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