In October 2020, Women in Tech* Global Movement and IT company CROC presented the results of the first Russia-wide survey focused on Wonder Women, i.e. women working in the technology industry. The survey revealed that most women choose to become a seasoned expert or mentor within their field rather than seeking career advancement, and see adaptability to changing conditions and multitasking as key skills. The survey covered 455 women from over 170 leading and international IT companies.

The survey indicates that women are still struggling with female stereotypes in the IT community. For example, 56% of those surveyed were once told «technology is not for women», which helps explain why IT remains a predominantly male industry. As a result, 65% of respondents said that they work in an environment dominated by men. Also, 40% reported that they had experienced a male candidate being hired over a female one, despite having equal backgrounds. Furthermore, almost one third (31%) of respondents faced a glass ceiling during their careers.

The survey highlights the relatively low share of women in IT aspiring to take proactive roles, probably due to stereotypes discouraging them from achieving greater ambitions. Therefore, abandoning any gender stereotypes is an essential part of CROC’s corporate culture. CROC adheres to its diversity policy, with 35% of top managers being female and our workforce comprising people of all ages.

Polina Khabarova
HR Director, Chief Transformation Officer

In response to the ongoing pandemic and social distancing measures, many IT companies continue to work remotely. Therefore, part of the survey addressed home office working. In response, 56% of women said they would like to combine online and offline office hours and 27% reported that working at home all the time is better for them, while only 3% want to return to regular office working. Meanwhile, 46% of IT women agreed that workload increased when working remotely, while one third experienced no change.

Challenging tasks (9.1/10) and a friendly working environment (8.5/10) are key motivators for IT women, while adaptability to changing conditions (77%), multitasking (67%), and networking (57%) are seen as the most valued skills. Furthermore, the survey reveals that the higher a woman’s position, the less value is given to factors such as financial incentives, employment benefits, and work-life balance.

A successful IT career is built upon three pillars: motivation, self-assurance, and commitment to self-learning. It is important to take the opportunity to demonstrate both your hard and soft skills during a job interview or when socializing with colleagues. This is exactly the skills that Women in Tech is fostering to help female workers achieve success. The joint survey conducted with CROC showed that we have a long way to go to establish gender equality in the workplace. However, progress is progress, and more women are gradually joining IT.

Elina Valeeva
Chapter Ambassador, Women in Tech Russia

Behind every statistic, there is a person. This insightful survey helped us profile a Russian IT superwoman: her name is Catherine, she works as a testing engineer, earned a highly valued technical university degree, and started her IT journey in a promising field-specific domain with excellent financial prospects.

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* Women in Tech — Global Movement (women-in-tech.org) is a global movement headquartered in Paris with members in over 60 countries and a double mission: to bridge the Gender Gap and to Help Women Embrace Tech. The organization focuses on four primary areas that are a call for action: Education, Entrepreneurialism, Social Inclusion, Science & Innovation.