Gender diversity is generally an issue in the tech industry. A new study shows that women make up 26.7% of technologists — a 2.1% drop in representation from March 2020 and a negative development after five years of progress. Positive is that the number of women CEO in tech has increased.
In 2020, women represented 28.8% of the tech force in 56 studied US tech companies and it would take 12 years before women are equally represented in these companies.
The forecast is made by organisation AnitaB.com, a US-based non-profit digital community for women in tech founded in 1987 and active in 50 countries. The organization has since 2011 annually published a report called Top Companies for Women Technologists.
According to the 2021 report, representation of women in tech decreased at most career levels except for interns. One positive development is noted: the share of women as tech CEOs is up from 3.9% in 2020 to 10.9% in 2021.
The pandemic has in many businesses hit women hard and in the tech business it could be seen how hiring freezes affected gender equality as many companies use hiring to improve the gender balance. The report notes that this meant that 18% fewer women were recruited into tech jobs March to December last year but that this has improved and in January 2021, women represented close to 31% of new hires in tech.
Women make up 26.7% of technologists — a 2.1% drop in representation from March 2020 and a negative development after five years of progress.
The report says top companies for women technologists in the US are:
Small Technical Workforce (< 1,000)
Winner: Dev Technology Group
Other group leaders: HP Inc, Morningstar
Medium Technical Workforce (1,000-10,000)
Winner: The New York Times Company
Other group leaders: Airbnb, Experian, Lilly, New York Life, PwC, Target, UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group)
Large Technical Workforce (> 10,000)
Other group leaders: Accenture, Citigroup, Wells Fargo & Company
The New York Times Company has for two years earlier been the top company in the category for small tech workforce and is now the winner in the medium category.
The New York Times recently also reported that among both total workforce and leading positions, the company has a women majority – 52% for both groups.
It can also be noted that among the really big tech names, only Amazon has chosen to participate. Google, Microsoft, Apple etc are not there.