Does the IT sector have too many women already?


According to US Bureau of Labour Statistics, last year 60% of jobs in the technology sector went to women. This is quite an advancement from few years back when female jobs were steadily decreasing in the tech sector.

Still, we do not agree that women are taking over the sector. In total numbers there are still less than 30% of women. We feel that turning the trend is a good thing, mostly because of these aspects:

  • More non-engineering jobs. There are more and more non-engineering jobs in tech startups and companies. Areas like marketing, customer support, operations, etc do not require explicit coding skills and are suitable for people with a more diverse background than software engineering.
  • Technology in more areas of life. IT sector itself is transforming with a rapid pace. Software-based products are making their way into many traditional business sectors, making the world of technology more understandable and even unavoidable to an increasing number of people.
  • Savvy users of technology. Women are generally very active consumers of social media and internet-related products, so they’re used to using computers and electronic gadgets. There is less and less of a barrier for them to actually get involved in the tech business.

We have noticed a similar trend with-in the Toggl team as well. Almost 40% of the whole team consists of women, while a whopping 75% of non-engineering jobs are held by our smart, cool and friendly female co-workers.

What are your experiences with non-technical women taking over startups?

By On April 16, 2014

  1. Hi Kenzie,

    Sorry to hear that the title of this blog post caused you frustration. It was meant to be a clickbait title actually – our entire team was in Istanbul a while ago for Toggl Challenge and this article was released for our Blog Slam.

    I hope you read the entire article and realized that we don’t think that there are already too many women in the sector – there are not. The number of women in this sector seems to be slowly rising again, and that’s a good thing. Like said – almost 40% of our whole team consists of women, while a whopping 75% of non-engineering jobs are held by females here.

  2. I am deeply frustrated by the clickbait title of this post which showed up on my Toggl tracking page this morning. As a woman working in high tech I get enough reminders daily that I am a sometimes unwelcome minority in my own field. I do not need further reminders of this fact. The fact that the text of the article refutes the premise of the title doesn’t negate the title’s demoralizing effect.

    The implication of the title is that there are at least enough women in tech, perhaps too many. In workplaces like mine, where only 3/11 of us are women, this is patently untrue.

    Perhaps when titling blog posts that are going to show up in the middle of customer work space you should consider the effect on all of the parties involved. As a woman in high tech I was uncomfortably reminded that I am an outsider in my own field and that there are literally people who feel they get to weigh in on my workplace participation solely because of my gender. If I was a sexist dude however, I would have chuckled and felt like I was among friends.