The race is on for a gender equal workforce throughout the technology sector. According to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, only 24% of IT jobs are filled by women and the sector is still heavily male-dominated in Germany. Nathalie Zetzmann, Principal Consultant Data & AI at Glocomms Berlin, discusses the unique position that recruiters play in furthering gender equality in the technology sector.
The 2020 International Women’s Day theme is that an equal world is an enabled world. What does that mean to you in the IT industry?
We live in a very diverse world. To master the very diverse challenges of this world, in my opinion, we need very diverse viewpoints and different perspectives. That is why everyone should have the same rights and chances to contribute to solutions for the society we live in.
Is gender equality a topic that often comes up in conversations with candidates and companies?
Especially in the IT industry there are way more male than female actors. Even though all companies wish for diverse teams, it is hard to find enough female candidates to make this possible in the first place.
What role can recruiters play in creating an equal world?
Recruiters should find out what is important for female candidates in a work environment and let the companies know so that the companies can implement it in their hiring strategy.
What advice would you give to a company trying to create a diverse hiring strategy?
I would give the advice to companies to listen to what candidates wish for. For example for working mums to be open to new work concepts like home office, flexible working hours or no-core-hour-concepts, so that they can schedule their day as they need to. It seems simple, but there are so many companies that are just not listening to the needs of their employees. If they did, they could win way more candidates in general and be able to have more diverse teams.
Nathalie Zetzmann works as a Principal Recruitment Consultant Data & AI at Glocomms Berlin. Grown up in Bavaria, Germany, studied Environmental Engineering and Business Administration and is especially interested in female in tech, medtech and sustainabletech.. Get in touch with Nathalie to discover how to build a diverse hiring strategy.