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Women in Tech: What's it Like to be a Woman Working in Tech?

It may come as no surprise that women are still significantly underrepresented in the technology workforce. According to a recent study by PwC, only 15% of people working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles in the UK are female and only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry are held by women.

Why is there still such a gender imbalance and what can we do to address it? During last month’s Housing Technology 2019 conference, we sat down for a discussion about women in tech chaired by Holly Rafique (Head of Digital at #techmums) with Kathryn Downs (Director of Technology & Transformation at Midland Heart) and Joanna Sedley-Burke (Managing Director at Sovereign Business Integration Group) in the first in our new series of Housing Technology in Focus videos. We posed important questions including:

  • How is the sector is doing in terms of numbers of women within IT teams?

  • What initiatives do you think employers could implement to get more women into tech teams?

  • Encouragement is really important for women to get into technology, but is there a right and a wrong way to encourage more women?

  • Do you have any tips or advice for women who want to get into tech?

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