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February 27, 2017

Women in tech demand opportunities for career progression

Female professionals say remote working and career progression drives long term staff.

By Hannah Williams

A recent survey conducted by Robert Walters and Jobsite show women in the UK tech industry put remote working and opportunities for career progression as their top priorities when searching for a career.

The results show that 76 percent of women believe that the opportunity to work remotely is essential if companies desire to keep staff on a long term basis.

Robert Walters found that the freedom to work remotely is also becoming increasingly popular with workers, especially among tech firms.

Dawn May, Manager at Robert Walters says that organisations should work on introducing these policies in order to secure the best professionals as employees.

women in techThis is also advised with the addition of opportunities for career progression, which 72 percent of female professionals say is important for retaining top tech professionals.

Read more: Mind the skills gap…. How can the public sector attract and retain top tech talent?

With the rapid growth in the industry, tech professionals are commonly found in a position where career progression is possible. Although for most it is important that this is made clear with an employer, along with the necessary requirements to achieve promotion.

Previous research by London & Partners found that in London alone, digital tech jobs are predicted to grow by almost a fifth, increasing the rate of employment to 284,400 jobs by 2026.

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Following this, UK food Delivery Company Deliveroo revealed plans to hire over 300 people in its London office. This shows just one example of the wide growth in job opportunities within the industry, many other tech companies are expected to follow in this direction over the years.

As the survey conducted by Robert Walters and Jobsite found, employers are planning to use 2017 to increase IT headcount, whereby there is expected to be more permanent roles with a growing number of opportunities for job roles.

May said: “As the UK tech industry continues to grow, employers are likely to face growing skills shortages. Attracting professionals and retaining them long term is a challenge managers will have to address if their organisation is to achieve sustainable growth.”

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