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Overall, the STEM sector is continuing to grow at a rapid rate. Since 2017, core STEM employment had increased by 6.3%, which equates to more than 6 times that of the total rise in the UK’s overall employment rate. However, currently 22% of STEM positions in the UK are filled by Women, and when looking only at the Tech industry, on 17% of positions are filled by Women. 

35% of STEM students were Women in 2018 according to Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, up 50% from the year before, so slowly increasing, but we need to look beyond Higher Education and at the bigger picture. 

Everyone is aware that Women are currently underrepresented in the UK technology sector, this blog is capturing the industry from a woman’s perspective, but also from an HR, Leadership and Career perspective. 

At SR2 we spend our days speaking to Tech professionals both in and out of work, students, entrepreneurs and companies about what they are doing to attract, retain and promote Female talent in the UK and beyond, and we want to use this platform to share and promote that. 

Women in Technology find themselves outnumbered and often marginalized. We are confident that if we are working together and shouting loud enough, we can transform the industry and create a positive movement! 

One thing we ask for everyone reading this is don’t be naïve to think this isn’t happening. OR that this isn’t something that needs to be talked about and improved upon, because it does, and we all need to work together to improve it.  

Women Rock was founded by Alicia Teagle, a Woman in technology, also working in a male dominated environment, albeit in a slightly different capacity being IT recruitment. Please join the group, please share with your friends, family and colleagues, if you have a story to share then let’s hear it. 

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Alicia Teagle

A Message from Alicia

Hey all, I’m Alicia an IT recruiter from Bristol, Yes you heard it, I’m a recruiter. I hope you soon get to realise that we are not all the same, but I won’t bore you with any “blah blah blah” about why I’m different – because this isn’t about me, (well, some of it is), but this is for all the Women in IT, this is for you and this is for us.  

Over the last 8 years, I have been a huge supporter for diversity in the tech but always felt I could do so much more, and this is the start of my more. I love to build new relationships every day and in starting this blog I have the backing of some of the UK’s best companies who are supporting this with me, and you’re all invited to join.  

Included in this blog will be our conversations with underrepresented folk. We will discuss their successes, their struggles, challenges, and their frustrations about the IT industry from their perspective. I am also a STEM ambassador within schools, promoting the next generation in tech. Also the organiser of Bristol Codebar, our goal is to enable minority group member to learn programming in a safe and collaborative environment and expand their career opportunities. To achieve this, we run free regular workshops, one off events and try to create opportunities for our students making technology and coding more accessible. We also speak with different companies to investigate and showcase what they are doing to help attract, retain and promote diverse talent within their business. There is a lot of really good stuff going on in the industry, I just don’t think we are sharing it and shouting about it enough so that others can follow suit. 

I am super passionate about Bristol, with it being my home and the place I spent most of my time recruiting within so I want to create a community of strong ass folk in Bristol a city that champions diversity. But we are not stopping there! I’ll leave you with my favourite quote ‘’ No matter where you are in life, inspire and empower the women around you. Success is never reached alone. And, wisdom and wealth are sweeter shared.’’ #womenrock

Lots of Love

Alicia x