We need role models to get more

women in IT.

Anne Sofie Flyvbjerg Hansen, Consultant

Despite progress, women are still significantly underrepresented in IT companies and IT education, and without an active effort to get even more women into the industry, we will be short of hands in the future - and more so than we already are today We see it at Delegate as well, where only 16 percent of employees in our delivery department are women. That number needs to go up, and we are painfully aware of that fact.

Fra 2019 til 2023 er antallet af optagne kvinder på landets it-uddannelser steget svagt, og i 2023 udgør kvinder 33 procent af de optagne på landets IT-uddannelser. So the development is going in the right direction, although it is still slow.

It looks different when we look at the number of female consultants. In the consulting industry as a whole, only 13.5 percent of top leaders are women, while 36 percent of consultants are women. In addition, women leave the consulting industry more quickly again.

 
Prejudices and lack of role models are a hindrance

There is a widespread misconception that the title of (IT) consultant can not be combined with family life – a perception that scares many women away before they even get the opportunity to learn more about the industry. The IT industry also has a reputation for having a distinctly male-dominated environment. While women are outnumbered, the image of a group of geeky nerds sitting in a dark basement coding could not be further from the truth. IT plays a critical role in the development of our society, and the tasks involve much more than just hardcore coding. Therefore, we need a broad range of skills and diversity among our employees.

At Delegate, we make a significant effort to create a working environment that provides the opportunity to balance work and family life. In fact, we don't refer to it as work-life balance, but rather life balance because all aspects of life should be in harmony. For example, we offer full flexibility to plan your day, so you can pick up your children early and work on your computer in the evening. We also offer the opportunity to work from anywhere.

However, the numbers speak for themselves, and at Delegate we have a lot of work to do to tell a different story to women in the IT industry than the one about endless overtime and lack of flexibility.

On this page, we therefore feature a series of portraits of women in Delegate, because we believe that clear role models are necessary if we are to retain and attract women in the IT industry and thereby ensure qualified labor in the future. New portraits will be added continuously.

Microsoft Partner Pledge: Diversity and Inclusion
At Delegate, we have signed Microsoft Denmark's Partner Pledge, indicating that as a member of the Danish tech industry, we are committed to promoting green, inclusive, and responsible digital transformation for the benefit of all citizens in Denmark.
 
IT plays a crucial role in the development of our society today, and therefore we need diversity among IT employees. With our portraits of female delegates, we aim to create clear role models that can inspire women to pursue a career in IT, and thereby create a more equal distribution of men and women in the industry.
 

You can read more about the Microsoft Partner Pledge here.

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