Tech companies may be slowly shrinking the gender gap, according to a new study from Deloitte. It predicts that tech firms will reach nearly 33% female representation in 2022, up more than two percentage points from 2019. Leadership roles are seeing the most growth in female representation at nearly 20%.
Deloitte predicts that one in four leadership roles at large tech companies will be held by women in 2022. It cites tech leaders' pledges to hire more women and people of color: HP and Intel have set gender and racial equality goals to reach by 2030.
Still, tech has a long way to go. Retaining employees needs to be a focus as well. In February, Protocol found that tech has a C-suite retention problem. Women and people of color who make it to leadership don't last as long in their roles as white and male execs. Men across Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft stay in their roles for an average eight years, while women stay for 6.4 years. White execs also stay for around eight years, while Asian leaders hover around five years, Black leaders around six years and Hispanic leaders around four years.