Women at Version 1
Fostering an inclusive environment for all
Empowering Equality is a Key Focus at Version 1
We seek the best person for every role – this means the person whose skills best match the job and who can best further our Mission and live our Core Values, regardless of their age, race, religion, identity or gender. Since launching our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Programme, one of Version 1’s key focuses has been to increase the number of women working here. As anyone working to advance gender-balance and diversity in their organisation would know, it’s notoriously slow to implement major changes in achieving balance. However, we are delighted that we have seen a marked increase since we began our journey. So far, our efforts have resulted in:
- 93% of our staff agree that people at Version 1 are treated fairly regardless of their gender, age, race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability.
- 88% of Version 1 staff agree with the statement “I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position”.
- 67% of senior management promotions went to women over the last year.
- Over 35% of our internal rotations were female employees in the last 12 months, opening up new opportunities for women across the business.
- Our Shadow Board aimed to be a bridge to inclusivity with 46% of its members being female in 2020.
While we are not where we want to be yet in terms of gender balance, we believe with consistent effort and change, the dial will continue to move towards a more gender-balanced workplace.
Great Place to Work for Women
We aim to go above and beyond to ensure that the women in our workforce are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities; where they can take the time off they need to attend to childcare or other family commitments; and where they are encouraged, empowered and supported to do their best work.
Version 1 is delighted to support diverse events from Girls Who Code, School Reach Out, Women’s ReBoot, Sponsoring the Women In Tech Initiative at the Women in Tech Awards and STEM Ambassador Programme to Women in IT. We were also given a Great Place to Work for Women award in both 2019 and 2020, something that really validated our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging efforts to date.
Please take a look at some of our Women at Version 1 initiatives and projects below.
Recent Accolades for our Equality Efforts:
- Bronze Winner: Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Strategy - IHR Awards, 2020
- WINNER: BEST WORKPLACES FOR WOMEN - GREAT PLACE TO WORK, 2019 & 2020
- Shortlisted: International Diverse Company Of The Year - Diversity in Tech Awards 2020
- SHORTLISTED: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CATEGORY - CIPD IRELAND HR AWARDS 2020
- WINNER: LORNA MCADOO, IT BUSINESS LEADER - WOMEN IN TECH AWARDS 2019
International Women's Day 2021
The International Women's Day 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, is focused on remaining alert and encourages everyone – women and men – to call out gender bias and inequality. This day is focused on accepting challenges in order to develop change, challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve processes and celebrate women’s achievements. Read our blog from the day below.Read our IWD Blog
Gender Pay Gap Reports 2021
Since first officially publishing our Gender Pay Gap in April 2018, we are happy to report improvement in our pay gap in terms of both salary and bonus pay. While this year brought us some mixed results with slight dips along the mean and median pay gaps, we believe that our culture of Trust and Empowerment will let us overcome these.Read the Reports
SWAN Site & Charter Launch
In February 2021 we launched the #StartsWithaName charter and dedicated website, recognising the role of a person’s name as a unique expression of identity that is to be respected, valued, explored and celebrated within an inclusive society. Signing the charter encourages organisations to learn to say each other’s given or chosen names properly, even when it pushes us outside of our cultural norms and comfort zones.Sign the Charter
"How The Future Works" Podcast
Our Head of Legal and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead, Aoibhe Cantwell, recently joined Eleanor and Barry Matthews on the "How The Future Works" podcast. The conversation covered the impact of the pandemic on Diversity and Inclusion, the importance of acceptance and belonging in the workplace and Version 1's Starts With A Name (SWAN) initiative.Listen on Spotify
10 Version 1 Women Share Their Top Career Highlights
Since launching our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Programme, one of Version 1’s key focuses has been to increase the number of women working here. With this in mind, we asked 10 female members of our team from various locations to share their favourite experiences at Version 1, including what they love about working here.Read Blog
Digital DNA Event Panel Session
Version 1 was delighted to sponsor Digital DNA 2020 in Northern Ireland. As part of the event we teamed up with Microsoft for a panel talk discussing Diversity and Inclusion within the technology sector. The talk touched upon topics such as why diversity and inclusion is so important in the technology sector and the need for accessibility by all.Watch Panel Session
Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech
In recognition of Black History Month Honey-Bell Oke from our team took part in a panel discussion talking about the Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech, a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging event sponsored by Version 1. Honey-Bell also did an insightful interview with Sync NI chatting about her positive experiences working at Version 1 and the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for all.Read Article
Career Insights from our Female UK Digital & Cloud Team Members
We have an array of fantastic opportunities available on our UK Digital & Cloud Solutions team at present, so we recently decided to ask the team why anyone should join a career in tech alongside them. Featured fantastic female talent from across our offices, this video campaign, linked below, provides great insights and tips for anyone looking to join Version 1.Watch Now
Listed in Top 10 Great Places to Work for Women
For the second time Version 1 has been named as a Best Workplace for Women. This award recognises organisations that have been able to put practices and programmes in place to build their pipeline of female talent and convert that pipeline into opportunities for growth and development. We are proud to continuously develop a diversified great workplace culture for all.Learn More
International Women's Day 2020
This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #EachforEqual, is centred around forging a more equal world. Whether this means a gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage or gender-equal workplaces, Version 1 applauds the progress being made in making the world a more balanced place for women worldwide.Read About the Day
UK Gender Pay Gap Report '19-'20
In our 2020 Gender Pay Gap report we were happy to report an improvement in our mean pay gap and decrease in our median pay gap. We are confident that men and women across our organisation are paid equally for doing the same job. While we are not where we want to be just yet, we believe that with continued focus, effort and support, the dial will continue to move towards a more inclusive workplace for all.View Report
Belonging at Version 1
Belonging is now at the centre of the conversation in the Diversity & Inclusion space at Version 1. Our expectations of work are changing; you can have all the diversity in the world, but you won't thrive unless you feel that you belong. We truly believe that belonging unifies people; we want to make sure every employee feels comfortable bringing their true selves to work so that they feel like they belong and have the opportunity to thrive here.Learn More
Proud Hosts of Geek Girl Dinner
Version 1 was delighted to host "The Agile Mindset" Geek Girl Dinner in Dogpatch Labs, Dublin in January 2020. This was an exciting and interactive panel discussion on lessons learned from Agile Project Management and Agile Software. The dinner highlighted the best approaches for the adoption of Agile and Lean thinking, pitfalls our panel may have seen in terms of implementing Agile and how to know if Agile is right for an organisation. Thanks to all for attending.Read More About the Night
Sponsorship of the Women in Tech Conference
For two years in a row Version 1 has been the proud sponsor of the Women in Tech Awards organised by Women in Business NI. This is an annual celebration of women and diversity in the technology industry. The awards aim to promote the success of female influencers in the tech industry, who in turn, can stimulate further dialogue around equality and inspire the millions of female tech enthusiasts around the world to become leaders in their own right.Learn More About Women in Business NI
Testimonials from our Team:
"I've had several positions throughout my 11-year career at Version 1, and have found little to no barriers to progression internally. Women are afforded equal opportunities when senior positions become available. It's all about grabbing the chances that come your way!"
"The Women's ReBoot process is a robust, well-resourced programme with a good balance between technical, coaching and practical skills. It has been a really great experience, and I am looking forward to continued career development and progress at Version 1."
"Having taken maternity leave during my time at Version 1, I found that my career bounced back immediately once I returned. There is equality throughout the organisation, meaning you can have a healthy work-life balance as both a mother and a successful businesswoman at the same time."
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