As a sector, technology has one of the most prominent gender divides, with women making up just 17% of the tech workforce.
“Technology is omnipresent in everyone’s daily life, so it’s a necessity that it’s designed, maintained and represented by all genders to meet our needs.
“And with it proven that diverse companies and teams result in increased productivity, profits and happiness levels companies need to be looking at ways to bridge this divide.
“We must ensure that we are doing everything we can to encourage young women and girls into STEM careers, educating them from a young age about the fantastically wide-ranging opportunities across technology.
“However, it is just as important to encourage businesses to take a proactive approach to increasing diversity.
“Businesses must implement a range of different initiatives, such as establishing internal steering groups, supporting external diversity campaigns such as the Tech Talent Charter, sponsoring role models, changing the way they advertise roles and building an inclusive culture to allow all genders to flourish.”