One of the most common criticisms of the tech sector is the male dominance of the industry. According to the study, only 1 in 5 people working in the tech industry today are women. This is an alarming statistic because it shows that despite decades of progress towards equal employment, women are underrepresented in the sector.
BairesDev is a company specialized in technical solutions and software development and has started its study Women in Tech 2022, which reveals the evolution of talents and the evolution of candidates in recent years. This company is one of the fastest growing companies in Latin America and hundreds of people apply every month.
Looking at the volume of candidates analyzed by the company between 2015 and 2021, here are the main trends of the report:
- Women candidates represent an average of 40% of the total number of candidates in the period 2020-2021, which shows a 400% increase in their participation compared to five years ago. This includes both technical and non-technical positions.
- Female talent is three times more likely to be applied to SharePoint and testing-related roles than to other technologies. Xamarin, IO and Android show women’s interest in mobile development in 2021, with growth of 13%, 9% and 8% respectively.
- The peak of female participation is among young women: women in their twenties make up about 40% of all applications in this age bracket.
- Among the group of candidates aged 40-49, women make up around 37%, with a growing interest in managerial or leadership positions.
- Latin America leads in the percentage of women applying to the company, with 45% of the total number of applicants. The countries most affected are Argentina, Uruguay, Honduras, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia and Panama.
“The availability of female candidates is one of the first gaps we need to address to achieve gender equality in the tech industry,” Comments from Rocío Belfiore, Chief Innovation Officer of BairesDev, a Latin American-founded company based in the United States “More and more women who know more about new technologies are interested in this industry. We know there’s a long way to go, but these numbers show us that efforts to create gender equality are paying off.
The study details that 6 years of candidate database data in which the company had received over 1 million applications for technical and non-technical roles were reviewed.
The other statistics that appear are:
- Female applications in the technology sector averaged 41% in total over the period 2020-2021, an increase of 400% compared to the previous 5 years.
- Women in their twenties are increasingly present in the world of technology, representing approximately 40% of all candidates in this age group.
- Women over the age of 40 are increasingly applying for managerial or managerial positions.
- Women applying for technical positions in the software development industry are mostly senior executives specializing in web, mobile, and testing.
- With 45% of the total number of female applicants, Latin America leads the percentage of women applying to work in our company.
- Gender equality initiatives are helping women advance in the industry, albeit at a slower pace.
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in the case of EcuadorIn the total of applications from this country, the participation of candidates during the period 2015-2021 reflects an increase from 17% to 41%.
The ages of women who applied to Barresdev during the period analyzed in this study ranged from 19 to 65 years.
What remains to be done for there to be greater participation of women in the technology sector? “It is important that the recruitment and selection process focuses on attracting diverse talent and equal opportunity for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, of the place, among other characteristics. Our AI-powered recruitment suite With this, we select the most qualified talent, significantly removing the human biases that are prevalent in recruitment processes,” Belfour says.
Representatives state that Candidate availability is one of the first gaps to overcome, it is therefore necessary to stimulate women’s interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles. “We can see how more and more tech companies are opening programs to increase the number of applicants, however, more than the number of initiatives, the key is in the ability to be strategic, coherent and coherent, the way from which we attract and retain diverse talent.”
D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) programs will always be more successful because they align more with the company’s strategy and corporate culture. “At Barresdev, diversity is part of our core values and we work every day to promote an inclusive work environment, Where diversity equals pride, innovation and better results”Highlights from the experts.
Companies like Baresdev are looking for partners to discover greater female potential and that’s why they encourage the referral of female candidates through Barresdev’s Referred Talent Program, “open to all of our associates and the general public, which offers a higher reward high for each referral and hire woman who has been with the company for more than three months”.
As part of the corporate initiative promoted by this company to increase diversity and inclusion in the region, it has a social responsibility program “Baresdev Giveback”, which includes Twice a year, they support nonprofit organizations that promote the inclusion and development of women and underrepresented communities in the tech industry. “We know there is still a long way to go, but we believe that small victories deserve recognition. We have seen an increase in the number of female applicants from 11% in 2015 to 40% in 2021 which indicates that these initiatives are bearing fruit,” concludes Balfour.