Reimagining Tech: Progress and Potential for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Clicks-IT-ReportIn their recent ‘Gender Diversity in the Australian IT Market’ study, our newly announced alliance partner, Clicks IT Recruitment, provides an enlightening snapshot of gender representation within the Australian tech industry.

TechDiversity’s alliance with Clicks IT Recruitment signifies the powerful impact that partnerships can have in our mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion across tech workforces.

Clicks IT Recruitment’s commitment and dedication to analysing, understanding, and sharing data on the state of diversity in tech play a crucial role in our joint effort.

Together, we share a common aim: to ensure the Australian tech workforce reflects the community it serves by fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment. By aligning our resources, insights, and passion, we can better address the challenges and accelerate the progress in making the tech sector a space where everyone, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or background, feels welcomed and empowered. We are delighted to share their comprehensive study with our community, the study analysed data from 30,000 job seekers across 16 broad technology sectors.

The study findings highlight both the achievements made and the challenges ahead in fostering gender diversity within the industry.

Luli Adeyemo, Executive Director of TechDiversity, reflects on the significance of this milestone: “The Clicks IT Recruitment report paints an encouraging, albeit slow, picture of the progress we’re making in gender diversity within our sector. It’s a landmark that women now represent over 30% of the broader tech sector. This shift is more than a number—it’s a testament to the power of inclusion and the promise of a more equitable tech industry.”

The study shows that in non-IT roles, there is a healthy representation of women, and these roles see the greatest representation of individuals identifying their gender as “other”, making up 1.3% of the sector. This highlights the potential for diversity beyond gender, building an inclusive space for all identities.

Geographically, Queensland’s Project Services stands out. Historically having the lowest diversity rating, it now boasts the highest representation of women among all Australian states. This upward trajectory is echoed across different technology sectors. Women’s participation in Testing grew from 34% in 2022 to 40% in 2023, and even IT Security, one of the least represented skill categories, has more than doubled its women’s representation since 2019.

However, as Sam Micich, Chief Operating Officer of Clicks IT, notes, “While these figures are promising, they also underline the areas where we still need to focus our efforts. We’ve made significant strides in many sectors, but others like IT Security, while showing improvement, still need to see a higher engagement of women. The journey is far from over, but the steps we’ve taken are in the right direction.”

Change/Communications Management remains the most gender-diverse IT skill vertical, with women comprising 59.8% of the workforce in 2023. Business Systems also experienced a substantial rise of women, almost doubling from 10% to 18.7% within the past year.

These numbers tell a story of progress.

But they also point to the work yet to be done. As seen during the TechDiversity Awards in May 2023, it is vital for the tech sector to reflect the diversity of the community it serves. Diverse voices bring about diverse ideas, creative problem-solving, and generate solutions that address the needs of a broader customer base.

In conclusion, the progress made towards achieving gender parity is encouraging, but there is still a long journey ahead. We invite you to delve deeper into the current state of diversity in tech by downloading the full ‘Gender Diversity in the Australian IT Market’ report. Together, TechDiversity and Clicks IT Recruitment, are committed to championing the transformative power of diversity and inclusion in shaping the future of the tech industry.

Download the full ‘Gender Diversity in the Australian IT Market‘ study now.

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