Women in IT: An Untapped Resource

February 24, 2017 2:50 pm | Posted by Dianaimh Phelan

With International Women’s Day on the 8th of March, falling in the middle of Engineer’s week in Ireland, it is the perfect opportunity to honor the women in the engineering and technology industries. It is thought that by the end of 2016 fewer than 25% of IT jobs in developed countries were held by women. 

ESP is committed to excellence, irrespective of gender, but diversity is critical for an organizations ability to innovate and adapt in a fast-changing environment. We have been heartened to see that of the 15 people we have hired in the first two months of 2017, 9 of them have been women (60%).  When comparing our workforce ratios in 2016 with 2015, we have seen an increase of 8% in our female workforce. 

“Only 14 percent of all professionals working in the engineering industry are women.” – Congressional Joint Economic Committee

We are hopeful that this trend continues. Initiatives such as STEM are going a long way to encourage women into the industry starting at school level – running global conferences and events, aiming to inspire young women to encourage them to consider engineering as a career. According to research, the number of students receiving bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering fields is growing faster than in other fields. Since 2009, science and engineering degrees have increased by 19%, a little more than double the 9% growth rate for other fields. 

Facing a shortage of skilled engineering talent in the industry, “women largely remain an untapped resource in our profession,” says Engineers Ireland President, Regina Moran.

Emma Daly is one of ESPs newest recruits having joined us in January 2017 as a junior validation engineer based in our head office in Cork. Emma was kind enough to share her experience of the first 6 weeks with us and to discuss why she chose engineering and IT as a profession…

Emma Daly:

I decided to go down the path of validation engineering because I really enjoy maths and I like attention to detail which is needed to find errors and defects in systems. Engineering appealed to me as I felt it broke the norm and provided me with a challenge. I also liked that there were many paths to take and lots of opportunities in this field. 

Following my study of Biomedical Engineering in Dublin City University, I started with ESP in the role of Junior Validation Engineer. I have always been interested in working in validation and my friend who currently works here, spoke very highly of the company so I thought it would be a good place to start my career.

I found it very easy to settle in at ESP and I have really enjoyed my first few weeks here. Everyone in the office is very friendly and welcoming, and I quickly felt very much at ease here. The work environment is informal, but everyone is motivated and very focused on getting the job done to the highest standard.

I was nervous when I started in my position here at ESP but my fellow team members are always approachable and willing to help me. This is especially helpful as I had no previous experience in validation and often have questions during my training.  I get a lot of guidance from them and they encourage me to ask many questions. They drop what they are doing to help me if I am confused or stuck. Overall it has been a brilliant experience so far and I am looking forward to getting into some compelling projects in the next couple of weeks.

We know that it is our highly skilled team of engineers and professionals who are the reason for our global success and growth. We work in an industry committed to the well being of human beings across the globe. We, in turn, are committed to those who work for us. Careers at ESP are progressive, challenging and rewarding.

If you are interested in working in a dynamic industry that really impacts people’s lives, get in contact with one of our recruitment team today… It could lead to a world of opportunities.


Deloitte, (2016) https://www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/technology-media-and-telecommunications/articles/tmt-pred16-tech-women-in-it-jobs.html

US Congress, Joint Economic Commitee (2015). https://www.jec.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/reports-studies?ID=3B0FC805-AFCC-46A4-8073-814869AFCF2C

Business World News (2014), https://www.businessworld.ie/news-from-ireland/Women-outnumbered-9-1-in-STEM-sector-5109.html

National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (2013), http://nscresearchcenter.org/snapshotreport-degreeattainment3/

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