Just one in seven middle managers in tech is female

A new study on women in tech shows the need for more work on retaining and advancing women.

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Only one in seven women are in middle-management tech roles, and the average length of time women stay in tech jobs is shorter than that of men, according to a new study.

The study of architects, developers and engineers in senior and lead roles at the top ten companies by market cap in Canada, the US, and the UK was conducted by Revolent, a Tenth Revolution Group company. It shows that across Canada, the US and the UK, women occupy just 13% of middle management tech roles. In Canada women make up 17%, and in both the US and UK the figure is just 11%.

Moreover, it shows women in tech in the US, Canada and the UK leave their jobs at a higher rate than men, with an average stay of just 2.5 years. This is compared to men, whose average length of service is 3.7 years. At the senior level, the tenure gap is 1.4 years. At lead level, the gap is one year. Women make up just 22% of tech professionals who have a tenure of more than a decade in their role.

Revolent’s Chairman and CEO, James Lloyd-Townshend, said: “Gender inequality’s still a hot topic in tech, and for good reason – progress has remained too slow across the board. This new data on middle management in particular offers us further insight into the conversation about leadership. If we aren’t supporting women into senior and lead roles, it prohibits their chances of reaching the board level. The shorter average tenure that women currently in those roles have compared to men is also quite significant. At best it means women have generally started in those positions more recently, but it could also indicate that women are leaving their posts which is real cause for concern. 

“In the context of the tech skills gap, gender inequality is an even more pressing issue. And this study really bolsters the idea that we need to be thinking about pathways – how we can empower women to pursue tech at every level, so that there are women at entry level who can progress into middle management roles, and so that there are women in middle management who can progress to the executive level. Access and support are important at every level.” 

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