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May 17, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technical talent recruitment agency Speak With A Geek released its diversity placement statistics today. The figures show promise, particularly among women, whose placements in technical positions jumped 7% in April over the previous month.
“The underrepresentation of women and minorities in technical roles puts companies, industries, even an entire nation’s economy at a disadvantage,” explained Grant Conyers, Executive Vice President of Speak With A Geek. “When we fail to fully leverage the entire spectrum of technical talent that is available to us, society suffers. Speak With A Geek addresses that problem by connecting organizations in need of top-tier talent with qualified and diverse candidates.”
Speak With A Geek’s diversity and inclusion service initiatives have yielded an improvement in women placements from 14.2% in March to 21.2% in April.
“We’re very pleased with the progress in women placement rates we’ve made,” adds Conyers. “We look forward to continuing that upward trend.”
While third-party research shows female developers make up only 5.6% of activity on Stack Overflow, many employers are continually trying to increase their percentage of women in technical roles. Since many staffing and recruiting agencies are more client-focused, their capabilities in candidate sourcing to offer equal opportunities to qualified minorities can be limited.
“Our candidate sourcing technology stack of video, skill assessments, personality tests, and code challenges allow us to exceed most clients’ expectations of a diverse interview candidate selection,” says Jamie Dominice, Vice President of Candidate Sourcing, Diversity and Inclusion. “Transparent client relationships related to their diversity breakdown and fiscal goals have been important in this continual shift over the last few years.”
Speak With A Geek has been candidate-focused for its entire 17-year history, building relationships with over 19 million developers across the USA, Canada, Western Europe, and Asia. An organically funded company, its staff continue to place a very diverse candidate base.
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