Our insight

03-Nov-2017

On the surface of it, you'd be forgiven for thinking it's been a bad six months or so for sexism. A series of leaks, accusations and other controversies have exposed the 'bro' culture apparently rife within Silicon Valley, and allegations of sexual harassment in Parliament has propelled sexism and the abuse of male power to the forefront of public discussion. So even if we weren't before, we're all now aware of the sexism and bias endemic within certain industries. Why isn't the problem going away?

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14-Jun-2017

Our series of interviews with women who work in IT and the technology sector was started by co-founder Claire. It's a response, in part, to the lack of female applicants for our job vacancies.

As digital marketing manager and founder of Brighton Digital Women, Rachel Finch is a well-placed advocate for women in Brighton's thriving digital industries. Here she shares her experience, and offers advice to anyone starting their own career in technology.

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19-Apr-2017

Our series of interviews with women who work in IT and the technology sector was started by co-founder Claire. It's a response, in part, to the lack of female applicants for our job vacancies - a particular problem when it comes to technical, hands-on roles.

Marena Karasevich has just such a job: she's a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and a 2017 Cisco Champion, responsible for network design and maintenance at a Canadian college. What advice can she offer women looking for a similar role?

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29-Mar-2017

2016 was a year full of highlights for Ideal, and if its first quarter was anything to judge by, 2017 promises just as much excitement. Since January we've welcomed two new directors, many new starters and two new technology partners - reassuringly, we're still focused on our trademark excellence. With more events and announcements in the pipeline, here are five highlights from our year so far.

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08-Mar-2017

It's International Women's Day, and this year's theme 'being bold for change' calls for everyone to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender-equal world. That's long been a theme for us here at Ideal, but as we've discovered, it's hard to build a gender-balanced IT solutions company when the overwhelming majority of job applicants are male.

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15-Feb-2017

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our co-founder Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their experiences in IT and the technology sector. Like many other contributors to the series, games journalist Katharine Byrne reveals how she didn't initially plan or study for a career in technology.

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25-Jan-2017

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our co-founder Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their experiences in IT and the technology sector. Most contributors have been UK-based, but we wondered whether our European colleagues working in the sector face similar challenges and opportunities. We asked Amsterdam-based Fleur van Veldhuizen, manager inside sales Western Europe and Africa for our partner Palo Alto Networks, to share her experience and thoughts.

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04-Jan-2017

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our MD Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their experiences in IT and the tech sector. Vicki Jakes, techie, code-lover and account director at social insights agency Brandwatch, explains how she first broke into 'online', and has since enjoyed a range of different roles.

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07-Dec-2016

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our MD Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their experiences working in IT, and asking how the industry can become more attractive and supportive to women. In this interview, makepositive implementation consultant Stephanie Stylianou explains that despite her own mathematical background, the lack of a STEM background - or even a degree - needn't be a barrier.

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16-Nov-2016

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our MD Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their careers in IT. In this interview, Rebecca Kimber, CEO of e-commerce software company Create.net, explains how she got started, and why opportunities for women in the sector should start at an early age.

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19-Oct-2016

Prompted by a shortage of female job applicants and the experiences of our MD Claire, we've been interviewing a series of women about their experiences working in IT. We asked Rosa Fox, developer at the Government Digital Service, to tell us how she got started, what she loves about her job, and whether she'd experienced sexism first-hand.

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