Code First Girls and ClearBank are recruiting female programmers to close the financial gender gap
In order to close the gender gap in fintech, Code First Girls and ClearBank, a cloud-based banking platform with headquarters in the UK, are actively seeking out female programmers. Code First Girls promotes women in digital employment with 100 UK and international companies.
ClearBank joins 30 technology and financial services organizations, including Lloyds Banking Group, NatWest, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs, in working with Code First Girls. Code First Girls’ largest and fastest-growing clientele is the financial industry, where traditional banks and fintech companies want more women.
The UK’s Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey found a large gender gap in IT and finance (ONS). 18% of UK programmers, software developers, web designers, and data analysts are women. Brokers, financial analysts, and advisers make up 3% of UK employment with 203,800 men and 95,700 women.
In 2022, Code First Girls offered 44,861 women coding opportunities, compared to 6,450 UK undergraduate computing degrees. Actively recruiting women from non-technical backgrounds boosts security threat problem-solving creativity, performance, and innovation across all industries.
Code First Girls CEO Anna Brailsford was pleased to work with ClearBank to hire more women in finance and code.
She emphasized that many women struggle to pursue STEM disciplines, starting in school and continuing throughout their lives. Diverse experiences and abilities will strengthen the tech and financial industries, providing businesses and individuals with significant prospects.
ClearBank’s chief technology officer, Tom Harris, stressed diversity’s importance to the company’s financial services revolution. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Code First Girls on this initiative, helping to get more women and non-binary people into technology roles at ClearBank.”
Code First Girls’ financial clients include NatWest Group, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Lloyds Banking Group, Experian, Credit Suisse, R3, Barclays, Legal & General, Capital One, Tesco Bank, Howdens Insurance, SwissRe, Aviva, Admiral Group, Ki Insurance/Brit, iptiQ, Zopa, Veygo, Blackrock, Fidelity, Jezby Ventures, MoneyBox, Policy Expert, MAN Group, Kayenta, Wealthify, and Principality.