Today, we celebrate International Women’s Day, a global day promoting the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. This year’s theme, Choose to Challenge, has been supported by staff across Kubrick, who have shared their personal missions in the movement for gender equality and inclusivity.
One of the central missions of IWD 2021 is to champion the women forging innovation through technology, a cause which resonates strongly with Kubrick as we continue to celebrate the incredible work of our female consultants who are helping organisations to transform. However, it is no secret that the technology sector has a longstanding and prevalent issue of underrepresentation of women in all roles and levels of leadership. A troubling conclusion was highlighted in a 2019 study from WISE, the national campaign for women in technology and STEM, which demonstrated that the average proportion of female employees in technology had flatlined at just 16% across the decade, despite increasing awareness of the gender gap. At Kubrick, we are working to address the gender divide in data and next-generation technology in tandem with our mission to solve the overarching skills crisis which threatens digital transformation across industries; we are vocal and accountable to our aim of hiring 40% female-identifying consultants for our training programmes.
We are proud to have discovered and hired a group of brilliant minds for our next cohort of Data Product consultants, who commence their 15-week programme today, which is 60% female. We are incredibly grateful for our partnerships with Women in Data and Women in Tech UK, which help us to amplify our mission and encourage prospective female candidates to apply to Kubrick in order to kickstart their career in next-generation technology with us. Moreover, we ensure our industry-leading training programmes are competitively salaried to lower the socio-economic barriers which can prevent smart, ambitious graduates and young professionals from all genders and backgrounds from gaining the skills they need to join and lead the workforce of the future.
Linda MacDonald, HR Director of Kubrick, reflects on the significance of International Women’s Day in today’s world and our ongoing dedication to its mission and message:
“Gender balance is not a women's issue, it's an economic issue. We are at an exciting time in history when young women entering the workforce today expect diversity, equity, and inclusion but we also know that the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening years of progress as women have been particularly negatively impacted by this crisis. It is therefore more important than ever for organisations to seize the opportunity to invest in building pipelines of diverse talent and future leaders. One of our core values at Kubrick is diversity over homogeneity: we believe in creating equal opportunities for all and pushing against barriers that have existed for too long, a crucial part of which is challenging gender stereotypes about careers in next-generation technology. On a personal note, as a working mother who has been balancing home schooling with work since the start of the year, I am incredibly grateful and proud that Kubrick is such a supportive and flexible organisation.”
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