One of the most common criticisms of the tech sector is how male-dominated the industry is. According to the study, only 1 in 5 people working in the technology industry today is a woman. This is an alarming statistic because it shows that women continue to be underrepresented in this sector, despite decades of progress towards equal employment.
BairesDev is a company specialized in technological solutions and software development and launched its study Women in Tech 2022, which reveals talent trends and shows the growth of candidates in recent years. This company is one of the fastest growing in Latin America and hundreds of people apply for it every month.
Given the volume of applicants analyzed by the company between 2015 and 2021, these are the main trends highlighted in the report:
- Female applicants represent an average of 40% of the total applicants during the 2020-2021 period, showing a 400% increase in their participation compared to five years ago. This includes technical and non-technical positions.
- Female talent applies up to three times more to positions related to SharePoint and testing, compared to other technologies. Xamarin, IOs and Android with increases of 13%, 9% and 8%, respectively, show the interest of women in mobile development in 2021.
- The peak of female participation is among young women: women in their 20s represent around 40% of all applications in that age range.
- In the group of applicants between 40 and 49 years old, women represent approximately 37%, with a growing interest in supervisory or leadership positions.
- With 45% of the total candidates, Latin America leads the percentage of women who apply to the company. Among the most relevant countries are Argentina, Uruguay, Honduras, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia and Panama.
“The availability of female candidates is one of the first gaps that we must overcome to achieve gender equality in the technology sector”, comments Rocío Belfiore, chief innovation officer of BairesDev, a company formed by Latin Americans based in the US “More and more women with greater knowledge of new technologies show interest in this industry. We are aware that there is still a long way to go, but these statistics show us that the efforts to generate gender parity are paying off.”
The study clarifies that data from an applicant database covering 6 years in which the company received more than a million applications for both technical and non-technical roles was reviewed.
Other data that emerges are:
- Women candidates in the technology sector represented an average of 41% of the total in the period 2020-2021, an increase of 400% compared to the previous 5 years.
- Women in their 20s are increasing the female presence in the tech world, accounting for around 40% of all applicants in that age range.
- Women over the age of 40 are increasingly applying for management positions or leadership roles.
- Women applying for technical positions in the software development industry are mostly senior professionals who focus on web, mobile, and testing.
- With 45% of the total female applicants, Latin America leads the way in the percentage of women who apply to work in our company.
- Gender equality initiatives are helping women advance in the industry, however that is happening at a slow pace.
In the case of Ecuadorof the total applications from this country, an increase from 17% to 41% in the participation of candidates during the 2015-2021 period is reflected.
The women who applied to BairesDev in the period analyzed in this study are located in an age range between 19 and 65 years.
What remains to be done so that women have greater participation in the technological field? “It is important that the recruitment and selection processes focus on attracting diverse talent and providing the same opportunities for all people regardless of gender, sexual orientation, nationality, age, location, among other characteristics. Through our AI-powered recruiting suite, we select the best-qualified talent, largely removing the human biases that are prevalent in recruiting processes,” says Belfiore.
The representative points out that the availability of candidates is one of the first gaps that must be overcome, so it is necessary to arouse the interest of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) roles. “We can see how more and more technology companies open programs to increase the volume of candidates, however, more than the number of initiatives, the key is in the ability to be strategic, consistent and constant, in the way in which we attract and we retain diverse talent.”
D&I (diversity and inclusion) programs will always be more successful the more aligned they are with a company’s strategy and corporate culture. “At BairesDev, diversity is one of our core -or fundamental- values and we work every day to promote an inclusive work environment, where diversity means pride, innovation and better results”highlights the expert.
Companies such as BairesDev are looking for allies to discover more female potential and that is why they encourage the recommendation of candidates through BairesDev’s referred talent program, “open to all our collaborators and the general public, which grants a higher reward for each referred and hired woman who stays in the company for more than three months”.
As part of the corporate initiatives promoted by this company to increase diversity and inclusion in the sector, it has a social responsibility program ‘BairesDev GiveBack’, in which Twice a year they support non-profit organizations that promote the inclusion and development of women and underrepresented communities in the technology industry. “We know there is a long way to go, but we believe small wins are worth recognizing. We have seen a growth in the number of female applicants, from 11% in 2015 to 40% in 2021, showing that these initiatives are yielding results”, concludes Belfiore.