Flexible and home working are the most-desired employment benefits among women in the tech industry, but the stigma attached to these could be having a negative impact on work-life balance and career progression.

This International Women’s Day we’re asking employers to consider whether their benefits carry a gender bias, and whether attitudes towards flexible working are holding back women in tech.

Despite women making up more than half of the United States workforce, only 20% of tech jobs in the US are held by women.

This translates to some of the larger tech companies, such as Google, where only 23% of tech jobs are held by women, and Twitter where that number is even smaller at 21%.

And while companies have attempted to take action by diversifying their intake, shining a spotlight on women in tech, and addressing gender representation at board level, career progression is still a real challenge for women.

Employers are now being encouraged to also look at the benefits they’re offering staff, and to consider whether they’re providing sufficient support to all different kinds of employees over the course of their careers.

“In nearly every conversation I have with candidates, I’m always asked what the benefits and perks are of working here. I think as the traditional ‘work to live’ attitude declines, candidates are considering other factors beyond salary and comparing the benefits that are on offer with their current package.”

Sarah Dowzell, COO and Co-founder at Natural HR

Reposted with permission from Mason Frank International. Read the full article (including our CEO's thoughts!) on their blog.