In the EU, only 34% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates are women, according to a report by Girls Go Circular in 2022. In France, women earn on average 15.8% less than men, which is not the case in the EU as a whole, where the difference is 13% on average. So there is obviously a problem of gender diversity.
Early gender imbalances have a ripple effect, which means it’s not so surprising that there are far fewer women than men in tech. A report by the European Innovation Council has highlighted a number of worrying factors.
The European startup ecosystem lacks diversity in leadership positions and engineering teams and, from the outset, access to funding is a major issue. Founding teams raised just 1.1% of venture capital in 2021, and the founders raising venture capital funds are also almost all white.
Only $1.8 billion was raised by teams made up solely of ethnic minority founders, compared to $103.9 billion raised by teams of all-white founders.
Other systemic factors also limit women. LeanIn.org and McKinsey have identified “the broken rung,” a workplace issue that’s causing fewer women to move up the ladder.
A study of 590 companies found that women in entry-level positions were less likely to be promoted to entry-level management positions. This creates a cascade in which higher management levels invariably have fewer women.
According to a recent study by the University of Amsterdam, women are also less likely to apply to start-ups where men are in the majority.
Additionally, the study found that women make up less than 15% of the workforce at more than one in five startups, which has a ripple effect, when there’s less than 15% of women in an organization, female candidates are almost 30% less likely to apply.
And, unsurprisingly, all of those numbers are even worse for women of color, LGBTQ+ women, and people with disabilities. Diversity is hugely important in the workplace, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it provides huge business benefits.
A 2015 McKinsey report of 366 public companies found that those in the top quartile of gender diversity were 15% more likely to outperform their industry average.
If you feel your current employer could do more to close gender gaps and improve diversity overall, it might be time to look for a job at a company that is already making progress.
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F/M Software Architecture Manager, IMAWEB, Paris
IMAWEB, European leader in software publishing for automotive distribution, is recruiting an M/F Solution Architect Director to take charge of a production team that will manage customization projects for customers.
You will track and manage all tasks from pre-sales to delivery and be responsible for the team’s activity. To apply, you must have a higher education in IT, development or IS, as well as proven experience as a production manager or in a similar function.
You also have a solid background in project management, a good knowledge of different dealer/ERP software and you are familiar with the technical layers of development. See the full job description here.
JEE Technical Project Manager (M/F), Atos, Nantes
Atos is a global leader in secure, low-carbon digital, helping to shape new technologies together with its customers. The JEE Technical Project Manager will be in charge of project management for our local clients, and will be responsible for the overall roadmap of assigned projects as well as ensuring project coordination.
You will also manage functional and technical monitoring throughout the manufacturing cycle. You must hold a Bac+5 in computer science, and have a career in both computer development (ideally Java / JEE), evolving towards project management. See the full job description here.
Telecom deployment project manager (F/M) – CDI, Wifirst, Clermont-Ferrand
Wifirst is a telecom operator specializing in WiFi connectivity for professionals. As Delivery Project Manager, you will become the privileged contact for customers and will be responsible for the proper deployment of WiFi networks and all Wifirst services for a portfolio of projects.
You ensure a strong relationship with customers, upstream and during the deployment phases, plan, analyze and validate audits on technical and budgetary aspects and manage relations with your various interlocutors.
With a Bac+5 training, engineering school, business or university, you have proven experience in project management, ideally in the world of telecommunications. See the full job description here.
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This article is part of a commercial partnership between NextPit and Jobbio. This article was written by Kirstie McDermott and NextPit had no part in its creation.
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