Today, on the 8th of March, we’re celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world.
In the 21st century, women are increasingly more present in the technological world and the IT sector, so we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize their contributions and celebrate their success... yes! It’s no secret that men have traditionally dominated the IT field. But in recent years, women are more often becoming leaders, mentors and supporters, breaking stereotypes, thanks to the many opportunities for professional growth and qualifications.
Therefore, throughout the month, we will introduce you to some successful ladies and their stories in the Questers team. But before that, let's explore three interesting facts about women in tech.
Women hold 28% of all jobs in computer and mathematical occupations worldwide
According to a report by The World Bank, women make up less than a third of the world’s workforce in technology-related fields. Women hold 28% of all jobs in computer and mathematical occupations and 15.9% in engineering and architecture occupations. The United States STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) labour force represents only 23% of the total U.S. labour force. Women comprise only 17% of the ICT (information and communication technology) sector in the European Union.
21% of tech CEOs are women
Research from Equileap reveals, that women are generally well-represented in the financial industry, comprising 51% of the workforce as a whole and 55% when looking only at banks. However, this balance is significantly more disparate when we look at higher levels of management, with a mere 28% women on boards of directors, 19% on executive teams, and 29% in senior management. In the IT sector gender balance is significantly increasing than the global average, with 31% of women in the workforce. According to “Women in Tech Network”, in 2022 women only held about 25% of the leadership positions in tech and only 14% of the software engineering positions.
45.9% of Bulgaria’s workforce in 2022 were women, according to the World Bank
Bulgaria has an outstanding performance when it comes to gender diversity. According to the World Bank 45.9% of Bulgaria’s workforce were women in 2022, while the global average share globally was 39.2%. Also, the country has the highest percentage of women employed in the ICT sector in Europe. In 2021, it was 28.2% (Eurostat), while the average for the European Union was just 19.1%. From this point of view, Bulgaria is a great place to start tech projects that promote gender equity.
At Questers, we believe that providing equal opportunities for our female employees is essential for the success of our business. Gender diversity is an important matter for Questers and we have constantly been contributing to various initiatives to attract more women to the IT industry. And we are reporting some great results! In 2022, the total share of women in the company was 37%, compared to 34% in 2021.
On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the progress that we have made and encourage more women to pursue a career in the IT industry. Together, we can create a more diverse and equitable future…so don't forget to apply!