Tech careers for women: what are the main roles and how do you retrain?
A lack of tech knowhow is costing the UK £63bn a year, according to the CBI, and there are an estimated 600,000 vacancies in digital.
Jobs in tech permeate every sector, and many women, from midwives to teachers to actors and career-break mothers, are discovering they don’t need a maths or tech background to retrain and reinvent themselves. Many say new tech skills give them status, more balance and a professional future, rather than scrabbling around for work in a frantic jobs market.
“We’ve got a ballet dancer from the West End retraining with us,” says a delighted Amy Golding, a former English graduate and chief executive of tech recruiter Opus Talent Solutions, who’s created a new course to help people train from scratch as junior developers, out of sheer frustration at the shortage.
Some 40% of people on the 12-week course, which costs £3,500, have an arts or humanities degree, and a quarter have no degree, and ages range from late teens to people in their mid 50s. She wants to demystify the jobs market too. “Early on I realised tech roles can sound terrifying to ‘outsiders’ so I rewrote every role into plain English that everyone could understand,” she says. “The main barrier is understanding.”