International Women’s Day 2019: Supporting Equality in Tech

Written by Emmy Lippold

Equality, noun

The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities.

We’re also adding to that definition by saying that equality is the foundation of successful business, a happy and productive culture and finally, an empowered team.

It’s International Women’s day today and it’s safe to say that SysGroup wouldn’t be where we are right now if it wasn’t for our team. The team who welcomes everyone. The team who grows together and supports each other, working hard and playing hard. The team who doesn’t care which way around you have your jam and cream on your scones.

5% of leadership positions in the tech industry are held by women, and just 15% of employees working in STEM roles are female.

If nothing is done by 2040, only 1% of women will be left in tech.

We just had to try and balance things up. And that all starts in our offices. We hire based on merit and talent because we believe that diversity and equality offer so many different points of view and ways of thinking that complement each other to support the business growth. It became our mission to level out our workforce gradually - so far so good – we’ve got a 50:50 senior management team (who are absolute powerhouses and who alongside their teams, have helped take SysGroup from strength to strength).

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You may have heard that we also teamed up with InnovateHer, a national agency who are working to decrease the gender imbalance in tech, to ensure we’re empowering the next generation of women to consider roles in tech through various events, presentations and workshops.

So, today on International Women’s Day, we want to show the ladies of our company that we appreciate them, not just today, but every day and to let our team know that equality is something we will always be working on to ensure the balance never tilts one way. The women and men of SysGroup stand by balance and equality, meaning we have progressed as one, united and forward-thinking team.

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