The uptake of women in technological roles continues to lag behind other sectors and many firms believe it is a cause for concern.
According to Christine Flounders, Research and Development Manager, London, Bloomberg, it is a situation that needs addressing with haste.
While the Davies Review has stated that more women are on FTSE 350 boards than at any point previously, just 14% of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths workforce in the UK are women according to the WISE Campaign.
Increasing this figure should therefore be considered a priority in the eyes of Bloomberg, so as to boost diversity across Britain’s workforce.
The WISE Campaign has the target of getting one million more women into STEM roles in the UK – this would result in around 30% of STEM workers being female.
Creating a more diverse workforce is seen as a vital part of driving long-term economic success, as it means problems are approached from a broader range of angles.
Technology a major focus for Bloomberg
Tech is a key driver of Bloomberg’s business model, as staff look to create innovative new products and services that can be used globally.
This is why the firm has taken an interest in the STEM sector and their recruitment has branched out across Europe in order to find the best talent that is available.
Not only does this create a varied team of staff but it also means that the company has access to some of brightest minds available when trying to find solutions to problems.
But one vital issue exists, as not enough girls are opting for STEM subjects at A-level and in degree form, despite regularly outperforming boys at GCSE level.
Industry initiatives are helping to address the balance while the company supports graduates through its own schemes in a bid to encourage them to get involved.
Ms Flounders believes the key is to inspire women by highlighting the careers that are available in STEM, while also providing them with the necessary tools to succeed.
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