Tech needs a D&I upgrade. Here’s where to start.

“The reason why PayU is particularly conscious of these issues is that we operate and lead the industry in emerging markets.”

Much has been made of the need to increase female representation in the tech field. To achieve real and lasting change, action is needed not just from governments but from the industry itself.

While further efforts are required everywhere to increase gender parity in tech, for PayU there is one obvious place to start – in the emerging markets where we are most at home.

 

 

The global gender gap in tech

Globally, female students’ enrolment is particularly low in ICT (3 percent), natural science, mathematics and statistics (5 percent) and in engineering, manufacturing and construction (8 percent).

 

The World Economic Forum’s most recent Global Gender Gap report looks closely into gender gaps in specific roles. In collaboration with LinkedIn, they developed a new series of metrics and throw light on the gap between men and women at the frontiers of the new economy. Through LinkedIn data gender gaps become evident in specific skilled roles.

 

 

Global share of male and female workers across international professional clusters, Gender Gap Report 2020 

 

 

So, what can the tech industry do to close this gap?

 

 

“It requires awareness, action, and consistency.”

In a recent interview, Karen Nadasen, Tech CEO of PayU South Africa, reveals her standing on gender diversity in tech and talks about PayU initiatives building a more gender balanced workplace, where women are provided with the same opportunities and resources to excel as their male counterparts.