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Recruiters should lead efforts to bridge gender gap in technology

Currently, UK enrolments onto higher education STEM courses are 17% female. A report by TATA Consultancy services found, however, that less than 25% of graduates from those courses continue to work in STEM fields a decade after graduation.

 Ashleigh Clowes, Nicoll Curtin’s co-head of diversity & inclusion, said, “The industry needs to ensure it is engaging the whole of the UK workforce, not just the male half. Therefore, we need to contribute to the development of a future pipeline of talented technologists.”

James Johnson, Nicoll Curtin’s Group CEO, said, “Diversity and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do, and I could not be happier for Nicoll Curtin to be leading the charge on this important cause.

“We want to use our industry expertise to enact meaningful change, and begin to tackle the sociocultural barriers that aspiring female technologists face.”

The event, the most recent manifestation of Nicoll Curtin’s on-going #CodingAllowed initiative, offered interview coaching and CV writing workshops. Attendees were also given advice from senior women in technology, including Alison Edgar (programme manager, Trading Technology at RBS), Shannon Walker (head of data architecture at Deutsche Bank) and Jill Hamilton (VP of the technology group at Morgan Stanley). Walker said, “I’ve met a lot of really smart and really enthusiastic students and graduates here, I was so glad to meet them.”

Event attendees also received assistance on optimising their LinkedIn profile and had the opportunity to network with industry peers. LinkedIn profile optimisation is particularly important for job seeking graduates as, according to Social Meep, 89% of recruiters report having hired someone through LinkedIn. 

Cian Loughnane, Nicoll Curtin’s co-head of diversity & inclusion and founder of #CodingAllowed, said, “In software engineering men for the most part control the languages that power our worlds and women account for a despairing 6%. At Nicoll Curtin, we are proud to promote greater adoption of technology as a career option for women.”


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