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DevOpsGuys to champion gender diversity at the 2018 Womenspire Awards

Technology consultancy DevOpsGuys is proud to announce it’s to sponsor the FairPlay Employer category at the annual Womenspire Awards.

This award will be presented to a company that embraces modern working practices and solutions in a bid to accelerate productivity, harness the skills of every employee and improve diversity.

In today’s interconnected and constantly evolving world, many companies are investing in digital transformation, cloud and agile methodologies and initiatives to improve staff engagement, productivity and customer satisfaction.

Finalists for the FairPlay Employer award include the DVLA, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, The Number Hub and United Welsh, all of which are going through seismic digital transformation changes.

Organised by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg, these awards are aimed at recognising and celebrating the achievements of women from all backgrounds, stages in life and industries.

They showcase the outstanding achievements made by women across the country, serving as inspiration for future generations. An awards gala will take place at the Wales Millennium Centre on Tuesday, June 5th.

Gender diversity is a major issue for technology companies globally, and tackling it is challenging. According to statistics from the Wise Campaign, just 23 per cent of science, technology, engineering and maths roles are held by women.

Meanwhile, research released by the Joint Council for Qualifications in 2017 found that only 9.8 per cent of students taking A-Level computing courses were young women.

As category sponsor, DevOpsGuys is committed to enabling an inclusive work environment and team to drive innovation, productivity and business growth.

Over the past few years, the company has teamed up with organisations such as Chwarae Teg and the ESTnet to improve diversity efforts both internally and externally.

Chwarae Teg recently presented DevOpsGuys with its “leading status” recognition as an exemplary company that’s working to improve gender diversity.

Kate Jones, operations director of DevOpsGuys, said:

“We’re supporting this award because we want to highlight the amazing women at the cutting edge of innovation, technology and business.

“We believe it’s fundamental to harness the skills of people from all backgrounds. This can have a direct effect on staff engagement, productivity and customer satisfaction.

“Clearly, there’s been a gender imbalance in the technology industry for decades, and this is a real challenge. But we’re actively taking practical steps to close this skills gap and ensure every member of our team has a voice.”

Lucy Young, people partner and culture specialist at DevOpsGuys, added:

“Because we work in a competitive and evolving marketplace, we need to do everything we can do to attract the best talent from all backgrounds and walks of life.

“However, we’re not just looking to drive change around diversity on a company level. We’re also working with external partners to ensure that everyone is given the chance to forge a career in an exciting and innovative sector.

“DevOpsGuys is really proud to be sponsoring this award because we want to shout about the women doing amazing things in Wales and putting the country on the map.”

Speaking of the reception to the awards this year, Louise David – business development lead at Chwarae Teg – said:

“Womenspire is now in its third year and keeps growing year on year.

“Over 400 women were nominated from all parts and communities of Wales, of all ages and of all walks of life and their stories are truly inspiring. Our partnership with ITV Wales has allowed us to showcase these role models to a wider audience too.

“This is an awards ceremony with a difference; it’s a theatrical event with live performances, it’s an opportunity for people to come together and learn about what the women of Wales have achieved and to celebrate their successes.

“This event aims to inspire women from across Wales and empower them to reach their potential and inspire businesses to think differently about how they work and harness everyone’s skills. We can’t wait.”

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