International Women's Day 2021

How will you help forge a gender-equal world?

A challenged world is an alert world - so let's all #ChooseToChallenge

Version 1 seeks 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. We have a wonderful variety of people and cultures across our organisation and we look to celebrate that whenever we can. 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.

In light of this, International Women’s Day is always a key celebration in our calendar. Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also acknowledging a call to action to help forge a gender-equal world. The 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, is focused on remaining alert and encourages everyone – women and men – to call out gender bias and inequality. Today is focused on accepting challenges in order to develop change, challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve processes and celebrate women’s achievements.

At Version 1, we focus on making our workplace a more diverse and inclusive environment for all every day. 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 and we are committed to creating an equal workplace for all. Positive statistics from our efforts include:

  • 95% 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.

You can follow our 2021 virtual celebrations below.

A Great Place to Work for Women

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.

Women at Version 1

Strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose

Put your hand up > take a picture > publish on social media with the #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 hashtags. Are you taking part? Choose to challenge and call out gender bias, stereotypes and discrimination. Raise your hand high to reinforce and show solidarity.

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DIB's at Version 1

Our commitment to inclusion across race, gender, age, religion, identity and experience.

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Women at Version 1

We aim to go above and beyond to ensure that the women in our workforce are treated fairly.

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Version 1 NI's Care, Share and Inspire Event

Our NI team hosted an online panel event to share the stories of inspirational women in the IT industry who have gone through different challenging stages and experiences. They were delighted to be joined by Shauna Quinn - Software Test Manager at Almac Group, Maria Diffley - Co-founder at SustainIQ and Geraldine Devine - Head of IT at Northern Ireland Civil Service.

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International Woman's Day Quiz

We also ran our annual Herstory Quiz, a fun way to test our employee's knowledge about important women throughout history.

Celebrating Female Mentorship

Our UK team hosted an internal panel interview celebrating female mentorship and the role it plays in the development of future leaders. The panel encouraged our staff to sign up as mentors in our mentorship programme, an initiative that offers guidance and career advice across all levels of our business.

Gender Pay Gap Reports

Version 1 this week published our annual UK Gender Pay Gap report and wider Group Gender Pay Gap report. We have come a long way since starting these reports in 2018. This year’s report highlighted some areas of improvement, however, we are confident that our efforts and initiatives across the different steps of the employee lifecycle will pay off in the long-term.

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"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.

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Belonging #StartsWithAName

How can you belong in a place where people can’t say your name? When you assess your name with your diversity lens in hand, it can dawn on you that your name is not so simple to understand in a country miles away. That’s the premise of Version 1’s SWAN #StartsWithAName movement.
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