Timico Technology Group has joined forces with Microsoft for the annual celebration of the Women in Technology community within the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners (IAMCP). Last year saw over 400 women from more than 30 countries come together to share their experiences and discuss ways in which the IT community could work together to change the balance of the industry for the future. This year, the sell-out event hopes to build on the success of 2015.
According to figures from the US Department of Labour, by 2020 there will be 1.4million jobs created in computing-related fields but at current rates, it is believed that women will only fill 3% of those roles. Back in 1984, women earned 37% of all computer science bachelor degrees but that number today now stands at just 12%. Furthermore, women make up 85% of all consumer purchases yet they represent just 25% of the computing workforce.
Timico is no stranger to supporting women in technology and has taken steps over the years to encourage young female minds to take a chance on a career in tech or to pursue STEM subjects. Working with local schools and one of its key clients, The Girls’ Day School Trust to promote IT careers to female students, the team has shared its experience and advice on the many different routes into tech there currently are.
Lucy Butcher, Microsoft Alliances Manager at Timico said: “This is the first time we’ve been involved with IAMCP WIT and it’s so great to be a part of such a prestigious event that celebrates women in technology. In the past the tech industry has been largely male-dominated but it’s so inspiring to see that gender shift in action with more and more women coming into the industry from a range of different backgrounds, and we’re seeing this across Timico too.”
Timico were approached by IAMCP to get involved in the sponsorship, in part due to their status as a Microsoft Field Managed Partner, a title held by only 10 per cent of Microsoft partners in the UK. The sponsorship comes following a significant increase in the number of women joining Timico’s teams with a total of 42 new female recruits having joined the group over the past year, representing 60% of new starters.
Lucy Butcher commented: “During the event, the organisers will be handing out a Timico branded welcome pack and members of the Timico team will be in attendance, sharing their knowledge and experience and connecting with like-minded, innovative and hard-working women throughout the Microsoft ecosystem.”