Talent Point of View: Women at Work.

Gender diversity in tech (and the rest of the market) has come a long way since the homogenous days of old. More women are now turning to tech than ever before, buoyed by widespread acceptance, concerted diversity efforts, and the increased availability of coding bootcamps and online training resources.

But there’s still a long way to go.

The one statistic that sticks in my mind, that I always refer back to whenever I talk about gender disparity in the workplace with our customers, is this one: “Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.” To me it is an absolutely staggering statistic – and it's one I now use as a personal motivator whenever I find myself lacking confidence in my own abilities.

So, this International Women’s Month, we’re exploring the world of women at work – primarily, how women are overcoming barriers and breaking moulds.

We’re looking at how women are entering the industry through non-conventional routes; the steps companies in the UK are taking to improve their gender equality; the women-led tech initiatives that are making a difference in the online and offline world; and the social catalysts that can lead to people leaving their jobs or seeking out new opportunities – and what you can do to address this.

Margarita Karapetkova

Team Lead

Talent Point

An Interview with: MADE.com

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Marta and Joss talk women at work!

We sat down with Marta Gonzalez Ferrero (Lead QA Analyst) and Joss Wyatt (eCommerce Product Manager) from MADE.com to discuss how you can make your company more attractive to women and why it remains a majority male space.

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Research bytes & case studies.

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The 3 Times when Employees are Most Likely to Leave

It's a known fact that certain actions or events can lead to employees resigning – but there are seemingly nondescript occasions that can lead to a rise in job seeking too. So, when does this happen, and why?

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Ruby and the Rise of Female Developers

The Ruby developer gender split is skewed towards men – just like almost every other tech specialisation. But this is changing, led largely by the availability of coding bootcamps. In this Research Byte, we look at this trend and dig deeper into the high numbers of women graduating from bootcamps.

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From the blog.

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You Fail Your Company by Failing on Gender Equality

Companies across the UK are increasingly focused on attracting more female applicants and introducing them to their teams – but if the numbers are anything to go by, these efforts have yet to have a notable impact on the opportunities and quality of life afforded to women in the workforce.

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Women-Led Tech Initiatives that are Putting in the Work

In the spirit of further amplifying the voices of women across the tech space, we want to shine a light on some incredible women-led initiatives that are making a difference both in the UK and the rest of the world.

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An 👁️ on Growable.

Growable Event Review: Why So Serverless? with Cazoo

Our first outing in 2020 was hosted by Cazoo, with a focus on architecture in the serverless age! Bob Gregory, Chief Architect for Cazoo, kicked things off with his talk Why So Serverless? He focused on the processes they used at Cazoo to create their platform from scratch as an entirely serverless solution, in only a matter of months.

Following Bob's talk and a short Q&A session, we heard from Scott Smethurst, Serverless Consultant at Uptime. Scott took us on a whistle-stop tour of the serverless projects he's worked on over the last four years, highlighting some of the biggest challenges and most interesting outcomes that he has encountered along the way.

As a consultant, Scott often helps introduce serverless tools into existing architectures, which creates a whole different set of headaches compared to working on greenfield builds. We were told how he helped Yubl replace a technical mess with a serverless architecture; discussed how LifeWorks utilised AWS and other serverless tools to pivot their business in an entirely new direction; took a look at some of the technical challenges that can arise a year or so into the life of a serverless project; and touched on some of the more intriguing solutions that Scott and his team have come up with along the way.

His talk, Planting Serverless Flowers in the Brownfield, also included a number of real-world architectural diagrams and highlighted some key statistics that he has gathered which emphasise how much you can achieve with only a handful of developers. Scott has been creating serverless back-ends for quite a while now, so he had plenty of stories to share on the evening!

We would like to thank everyone who helped make the evening such a success, but in particular want to shout out our hosts Cazoo! We were sad to have to leave their amazing office space at the end of the evening - did someone say something about jealousy?

Cazoo are an exciting new startup that was founded by Alex Chesterman with the aim to transform the way that people buy used cars. In a sector ripe for technical disruption, Cazoo hope to lead the way by offering a service that puts consumers’ needs at its heart. They are at the beginning of their journey, having launched at the end of 2019 with a nationwide marketing campaign, but are already making waves - you've probably seen this name everywhere by now!

With a desire to do things right first time, they have prioritised the use of leading-edge technology and engineering standards. A staunch approach to classicist TDD, coupled with a serverless, event-driven architecture allows them to innovate and develop quickly, while maintaining a focus on quality.

Videos of both talks (including Q&A sessions) are now live on the Growable website.

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Our top picks for upcoming events.

Unconscious Bias Tech

TeachMeet: Unconscious Bias in Tech

London Connected Learning Centre, SW4 0EL

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Talent Point highlights.


Perfect Pancakes & A Meat-Free Mission!

To celebrate Shrove Tuesday (and, of course, all things deliciously pancake), we had a delectable menu of pancakes served in the office throughout the day, along with a very competitive (and hotly contested) Great Pancake Race.
Our office Meat-Free Feb also came to its natural conclusion, with our trusty ten TPers doing a collective 246 meat-free days. Wholesome!