Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 227
WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
The tech industry may be forwardthinking, but it is still in need of some
updating. For one thing, men still
outnumber women by three to one within
the sector. In 2016 only 9% of investment
in British tech start-ups was awarded
to companies with a female founder.
Barriers still remain for women going
into this industry. Whether it's lack of
encouragement during school years,
or unequal pay and male-dominated
working environments within the industry,
many women seem to be discouraged
from going into the technology field.
"In the past, I've felt being a woman has
put me at a disadvantage," says Charis
Kyriakou, senior development engineer
at Certain Six. "I haven't experienced
direct discrimination, but sometimes I
feel a male candidate has been picked
over me because they're 'one of the
guys' and perceived to be a better fit."
So what are companies doing to
address this imbalance? "There are a
few employers in larger companies that
have recognised the value of having
women in tech and are actively trying to
attract more of them by championing
equal pay, enhanced maternity and
paternity leave and running women
in tech events," says Kyriakou.
She also believes gender stereotypes
need to be tackled at a young age.
Technology training organisation QA
revealed half of the female technologists
interviewed as part of its research were
actively discouraged from entering
the industry by people close to them,
while a study by the Organisation
for Economic Co-operation and
Development (OECD) found that at 15,
fewer than 5% of girls expect to have a
career in engineering or computing.
"Tech is an industry with a growing
market, numerous opportunities and
good salaries, so it's an attractive prospect
for anyone," says Kyriakou. "Young girls
need to have their eyes opened to this
and be shown that a career in tech could
provide them with a successful future."
or physics. You'll need excellent
mathematical, problem-solving and
IT skills - including knowledge of
computer-aided design (CAD) or
manufacturing (CAM). Proﬁciency
in project management and
budgeting are usually desired.
How can I progress? You can
specialise in a particular ﬁeld, such
as aerodynamics, fuel eﬃciency,
investigating air accidents or space
technology, or move up to become
a consultant aerospace engineer.
How much can I earn? The
starting salary is £25,000, rising
to £70,000 with experience.
FIND OUT MORE
Aerospace Technology Institute
British Institute of Technology
Chartered Institute for IT
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