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Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds


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Half of women who enter the technology workforce leave it by age 35, according to a new study.

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A study from information technology consultancy Accenture and technology education organization Girls Who Code found that half of young women who enter the tech workforce exit by age 35.

The study compiled data from 1,990 tech workers, 500 senior human resources leaders in firms employing people in tech occupations, and 2,700 college students.

About a third (37%) of respondents who left the industry cited a non-inclusive corporate culture as fueling their departures.

The report also highlighted divergent perceptions among senior HR leaders and women, with 45% of HR respondents saying it is easy for women to flourish in tech, versus 21% of women and 8% of women of color.

The report suggested strategies to reduce the attrition of women from tech, including setting external goals, encouraging employees who become parents to take advantage of parental leave policies, and ensuring employees have access to mentors, sponsors, and employee-resource networks.

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