Did you know that companies which champion diversity outperform those that don’t? Recent research by McKinsey found that gender-diverse companies were 15% more likely to outperform their rivals (source: Mckinsey). With this in mind, the Women’s Tech Hub hosted an event to bring together local employers who prioritise inclusion, and the bright lights of the South West tech industry.

For a dark, depressing January there was a large turnout, which shows the direction that recruitment in tech is clearly going. The employers giving presentations were eager to let more women know about what it’s like to work in tech, and just how many amazing opportunities there already are. No experience necessary, flexible working and supportive environments were constant themes of the evening.

In an industry that is traditionally seen as male-dominated, it’s brilliant that so many of the South West’s top tech firms see women as an untapped resource. Many of the employers present, including Oracle, Dyson and Ketl offered a flexible approach for anyone returning to work. All good news!

So, if you’re interested in moving into tech, or you already work in tech and fancy a move, here are the firms interested in hiring more women this Spring:


Helen Woodcock (pictured right) from Ketl offered guidance and support for anyone looking to transition into the tech industry.


Dyson is growing in the South West, and is currently recruiting in tech for software engineers, UX specialists and UI design, amongst others. Check out the Dyson website for more information.


Softwire offers a summer internship scheme, graduate positions and more experienced hires, and are an innovative and award-winning company producing software.


Codehub is a free meetup that supports people in learning to code and improving their web development skills in Bristol and Bath. They meet regularly for collaborative learning in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Git, Python, APIs, Open Data and more.

If you want to support Women’s Tech Hub and the work they do, send an email to info@wthub.org. For companies, they offer a range of services to help connect business with a more diverse workforce, and for members, their benefits include regular meetups, newsletters and co-working sessions. You can find out more at the Women’s Tech hub website.

Jo Duncan