Happy International Women’s Day 2016.
One of the greatest issues facing the IT industry today is the declining number of women entering and remaining in the industry. The development and retention of high performance female staff is critical to the longer-term diversity of the IT industry.
At IMA, we support the career aspirations of our female staff without expecting them to sacrifice or compromise other priorities. The IT industry is traditionally a male-dominated workforce and at IMA, women make up close to 30% of our team (according to VIC ICT for Women, women only make up 16% of ICT roles in Australia). We have a strong focus to enhance our workforce to better represent society as a whole, and are striving to ensure that women within IMA are fairly represented in all technical, leadership and professional roles.
Our HR General Manager, Shelley Brown says, “We have a solid number of strong, professional women at all levels of our organisation. From Consulting to Sales to the Management team, women are an integral part of our continued success. People tell us it is a high percentage for the industry, but we just hire the best people we can for the work that we do, and do what we can to encourage, support and engage the people that choose to work with us.”
Archana Patel who has recently taken up an Account Manager (September 2013 when her client engagement concluded and as of April 2015 as General Manager of our NSW branch!) role with IMA adds that her experience with IMA “has been refreshing”. She further says “A few months ago I was offered a position as an Account Manager within the organisation, something I am really looking forward to, and a great opportunity for me to work with IMA to put both our clients and consultants first, to ensure the best fit and exceptional client delivery. As a woman, a minority, in the world of IT – I can’t wait for the challenge.”