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Tech industry still viewed as a boys' club

  • Two-thirds of people think the tech industry offers more opportunities for men
  • Women say they are put off tech by lack of female role models and fear of not being taken seriously 
  • Yet 68 per cent of men working in technology want to see more women join the industry
  • British Gas is launching a tech network to champion and support women 

Although Britain now has its second female prime minister, within the technology industry women still face a significant gender gap and perceived barriers to entry and progression.

New research by British Gas shows that two-thirds of the public think the tech industry offers more opportunities for men, while three-quarters of those surveyed believe men are more likely to hold leadership roles in the sector.  

The majority (75%) of young professionals aged between 25 and 34 consider tech to be male-dominated.

The survey also reveals that one in five women is discouraged from pursuing a career in tech due to a lack of female role models already working in the sector, concern about not being taken seriously and the difficulty in securing leadership roles.  

More than half (55%) of women say they would be encouraged to choose tech if there were more mentoring schemes available and they had access to support networks in the workplace.  

Despite the perceived barriers preventing women from entering the technology industry, more than two-thirds of men (68%) want to see a greater number of women join. Three quarters (75%) recognise that women’s soft skills, such as communication and personality, would be beneficial to the culture and other employees.

British Gas is launching a new initiative to support women in tech and to bridge the divide between the sexes. The Women in Technology network is a commitment by the company to provide an open community in which its female employees can develop and promote their leadership, technical and professional skills. 

Spearheading the new network launching today (Tuesday 19th July), is Kathleen Mock, a Data Science Manager at British Gas who has over thirty years’ experience in the energy, technology and engineering fields. 

Kathleen Mock commented: “I would love to see more women working in tech, as it’s a sector full of innovation, fun and creativity. 

“Through British Gas’ Women in Technology network, we hope to change perceptions about the tech world and inspire, support and encourage more women to be part of this exciting industry.” 


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Notes to editors

Kathleen Mock Biography:

Name: Kathleen Mock
Age: 49
Position: Data Science Manager at British Gas and STEM Ambassador 
Career History: 13 years at British Gas 
Courses studied at school: Computer Studies, Business Studies, Math and Pottery
Hometown: Surrey 

Kathleen Mock started her career in the energy market at the young age of 16 and has held a number of diverse roles, including Business Analyst, Customer Service Trainer and Field Engineer. 

Kathleen is a UK STEM Ambassador (science, technology, engineering and maths) and regularly presents to young women, encouraging them to study or pursue a career in STEM subjects.

Kathleen joined British Gas in 2003 as a project manager in Finance and now leads a team of data scientists dealing with the complexities of Big Data and programming applications. Her role includes identifying trends, experimenting and creating prototypes within the Internet of Things and looking for innovative ways to solve business problems.

Survey Methodology: 
Research conducted by Atomik Research with a pool of 1,000 people across the UK from 5th - 6th July 2016. 

 

For more information contact:

Bieneosa Ebite
British Gas
08001077015
bieneosa.ebite@britishgas.co.uk

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain – nearly half the country’s homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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