However, research from The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows women account for 70 per cent of primary unpaid carers for children and 56 per cent for the elderly and people with a disability or health condition.
"The barriers for re-entry are high - especially after taking a career break to have children.”
These bare statistics highlight an opportunity to provide more support to women to help them re-enter, remain and succeed in technology and leadership roles.
Put simply, the tech industry needs more women but the barriers for re-entry are high - especially after taking a career break to have children.
As Asha Vade, Agile Program Manager, Intuit India, explains, the “resumé gap” can cause stress or anxiety for women returning to work.
“I could always pinpoint the exact moment of disappointment in the middle of a job interview, when the interviewer would discover the gap in my resumé,” she said.
“They would ask ‘how are you going to get back up to speed?’ The change in tone was palpable. I was no longer a candidate, I was a liability.”
To help combat the perceived skills gap, companies all over the world are looking to explore innovative and non-traditional approaches to help women get back into the workforce.