If it sometimes seems like the odds are stacked against women in business, then the figures back it up: globally, women make up over 50% of the population but own only 1% of the total wealth. This spurs many women to turn to self-employment and entrepreneurship, seeking loans for their nascent businesses. But again, women have been shown, according to a United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) study, to only have access to 3% of bank loans.
WEgate, the European gateway for women's entrepreneurship, published its 2021 WEbarometer report and confirmed UNECE’s findings. Less than 25% of its respondents rated the environment for accessing finance as good or better, many of them self-fund or get finance from family sources and very few of the survey’s 316 respondents across 25 countries found that maternity leave legislation is supportive of women starting a business in their country.
Other bars are access to flexible working and child care. Working mothers report child care concerns as a top reason for voluntarily leaving the workforce with 34% stating that childcare expense or availability was a leading factor, according to a report from McKinsey.
But it is of long-term benefit to tech companies to make sure that women are properly included in the workplace. Equality, diversity and inclusion at work leads to more innovation and better business performance up to 87% of the time – researchers have found that when diverse workplace teams of three or more people make decisions, they outperform individual decision-makers. Diverse teams make decisions faster too, up to a 60% improvement on decision-making.
In short, it matters that women are at the table from the start of their careers to the very end, at senior decision and C-suite level. So if you’re thinking about making a move to accelerate your career, we have three interesting roles to check out below, as well as plenty more to investigate on the Tech EU Job Board.
Internal Control Manager, Doctolib
The Job: To reinforce the Finance team, Doctolib is looking for an Internal Control Manager, attached to the VP of Finance, who will serve all entities based in France and abroad. On top of daily processing on activities and compliance, you will be responsible for evaluating and increasing the internal control in the finance and people department.
The Responsibilities: Tasks include updating the risk map through process analysis and risk identification, reviewing the relevance of controls in relation to risks, assessment of the robustness of the control systems and environment and coordination of continuous assessment campaigns.
The Requirements: You’ll have a Master’s degree and at least five years’ experience in internal / external audit, compliance, risk management or internal control as well as good knowledge of internal control standards (COSO, SOX, etc).
Benefits: A bonus is available and flexible working is standard across three modes – hybrid, office-based or remote.
Software Engineer - PL, Indeed
The Job: As a Software Engineer at Indeed, you will work as part of the Enterprise Advertiser team, creating a range of applications designed for advertisers to get the best performance from their ads.
The Responsibilities: Owning entire projects, you’ll work with a product manager and a UX designer on problems, possible solutions, UI design, implementation and analytics.
The Requirements: A BS or MS in Computer Science, or equivalent work experience of seven-plus years as well as an understanding of system design patterns and best practices. You’ll also have experience building large scale distributed systems and three years’ experience working with Object-Oriented programming languages.
Benefits: Indeed is deeply committed to building a workplace and global community where inclusion is not only valued, but prioritised. It is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create a welcoming and diverse environment.
Senior Software Engineer, Android, HubSpot
The Job: HubSpot is building a mobile product development team which the Senior Software Engineer will be a part of. Your mission is to build world class mobile products across the growth suite for users. Embracing state of the art technologies (Swift, Kotlin, Zeplin, Sketch), these will empower every stage of HubSpot’s development lifecycle,
The Responsibilities: You'll create clean code using SOLID principles and will have a desire to build a sustainable product with an appreciation of user experience.
The Requirements: You’ll have experience in developing fully-featured native Android applications. An interest in Kotlin or functional programming would be an advantage.
Benefits: HubSpot knows the confidence gap and imposter syndrome can get in the way of meeting spectacular candidates, so encourages you to apply. Additionally, it was named the #2 Best Place to Work on Glassdoor in 2022.