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1 Interventions by SA businesses to attract and retain women in the IT industry Nina Evans & Ronel Smith

2 Who were the participants?

3 95 participants from various companies Management positionsNumber Managing Director 12 Director 10 CEO 10 HR Manager 6 General Manager 3 Other job titles: Consultant, business owner, analyst, project manager, software engineer, IT architect, trainers, et cetera

4 Do you have interventions relating to the appointment, promotion/growth, support and retention of women specifically?

5 Answer%No. Yes54.7%52 No45.3%

6 Current interventions in your company targeting women in general (for various positions)

7 Interventions (non-IT positions) Interventions (non-IT positions)% School recruitment/road shows/adopt-a-girl School recruitment/road shows/adopt-a-girl 72.7 Bursary scheme 72.2 Leadership development programmes Leadership development programmes 72 Coaching 69.7 HR policies/initiatives (e.g. equal pay, recruitment strategies) HR policies/initiatives (e.g. equal pay, recruitment strategies) 69.2 Formal training courses Formal training courses 68.6 Informal/in-house training Informal/in-house training 67.4 Learnership/internship 65.7 Mentorship programme Mentorship programme 64.5 Support to re-enter job market 63.6 Support programmes (e.g. flexible working hours, crèche facilities, discussion group) Support programmes (e.g. flexible working hours, crèche facilities, discussion group) 63 Other (please specify) Other (please specify) 80

8 Current interventions in your company targeting women (for ICT positions specifically).

9 Interventions (IT positions) % Support programmes (e.g. flexible working hours, crèche facilities, discussion group) Support programmes (e.g. flexible working hours, crèche facilities, discussion group) 37 Support to re-enter job market Support to re-enter job market 36.4 Mentorship programme Mentorship programme 35.5 Learnership/internship 34.3 Informal/in-house training Informal/in-house training 32.6 Formal training courses Formal training courses 31.4 HR policies/initiatives (e.g. equal pay, recruitment strategies) HR policies/initiatives (e.g. equal pay, recruitment strategies) 30.8 Coaching 30.3 Leadership development programmes Leadership development programmes 28 Bursary scheme (please identify type of recipient) Bursary scheme (please identify type of recipient) 27.8 School recruitment/road shows/adopt-a-girl School recruitment/road shows/adopt-a-girl 27.3 Other (please specify) Other (please specify) 20

10 Comments and other interventions mentioned

11 In the Technology Group, of the 16 person development team we currently employ two women who do software development. Both are on flexible working packages. One operates a home office out of Nelspruit. Programme for woman only, who completed an IT/engineering degree, that will train them for one year (internal training) and then employ them. Programme for woman only, who completed an IT/engineering degree, that will train them for one year (internal training) and then employ them. XXX have created Women in IT initiative to encourage women to join the ICT industry; also to provide networking and mentoring. We also have a Women's Forum locally and there is also an international XXX have created Women in IT initiative to encourage women to join the ICT industry; also to provide networking and mentoring. We also have a Women's Forum locally and there is also an international We believe in mentorship, in house training and coaching. We offer flexible working hours where it is possible

12 Our business is wholly owned by women and 80% of our employees are female. Our focus has always been on developing women from all walks of life in our industry. As a female run business the issues around women in the workplace is top of mind. Our business is wholly owned by women and 80% of our employees are female. Our focus has always been on developing women from all walks of life in our industry. As a female run business the issues around women in the workplace is top of mind. There is a Women's Leadership Initiative which is a task force specifically focused on developing women in business and creating a conducive environment. There is a Women's Leadership Initiative which is a task force specifically focused on developing women in business and creating a conducive environment. Favouring appointment of women in all spheres, top management is 80% women, 100% in ICT and Finance. The company seeks to align itself with government initiatives, and women feature strongly in the ownership and directorship level.

13 General comments about the survey

14 Women in ICT need support such as study tours made available to them or financial incentives for participation in empowerment initiatives (partnership ventures etc). Women in ICT need support such as study tours made available to them or financial incentives for participation in empowerment initiatives (partnership ventures etc). I spent many years in the corporate world and held a senior position in a multinational ICT company. I left 2 years ago to join a small locally owned company which offered me a lot more flexibility in the work environment than my previous position held. I spent many years in the corporate world and held a senior position in a multinational ICT company. I left 2 years ago to join a small locally owned company which offered me a lot more flexibility in the work environment than my previous position held. There is a need for a campaign for ICT alertness in our country. There is a need for a campaign for ICT alertness in our country.


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