Tech firm backs drive to recruit more women
BJSS, a Manchester IT and business consultancy, is on track to reach revenues of £3.5m after announcing a recruitment campaign to hire 50 new staff.
The business, which has also acquired new office space at the recently-refurbished Union on Albert Square, has signed up as headline sponsor of Manchester Digital’s flagship campaign, Digital Her, to encourage more females into tech.
The initiative works closely with schools across Manchester’s 10 boroughs and aims to tackle the shortage of women employed in the city’s digital and technology industry by demonstrating the breadth of roles and opportunities on offer.
“We want a balanced tech sector in Manchester that is filled with opportunities,” explains Stuart
Bullock, BJSS managing director. “We are doing our part by inspiring young people and we are taking positive action to improve diversity in our industry. I’m delighted that our increased investment in our Manchester operation has extended to Digital Her because it improves the long-term prospects for women in IT by boosting confidence, employability and digital skills.”
This investment will enable BJSS to tap further into the pool of skilled local talent.
Matt Whalley, BJSS head of delivery, said: “I encourage bold thinkers who are seeking fresh professional opportunities and want to contribute towards large digital transformations to take a look at us.”
BJSS has supported Digital Her since its inception in 2018, inspiring over 1,200 young women to consider a future in the sector.
In addition to financial support, key female role models from BJSS will continue to provide mentorship, give advice and hold interactive workshops.
“Manchester Digital is delighted to have BJSS’ continued support in delivering Digital Her – a programme that is tackling the digital gender gap head on,” says Emma Grant, talent and skills manager at Manchester Digital.
“Our partnership with BJSS has already provided support, opportunities and guidance to thousands of young women interested in tech across Greater
and our ambitions for 2020 will be even bigger now that the organisation has become our strategic partner for the year. “We rely on forward-thinking and socially responsible businesses such as BJSS to continue our work in inspiring and empowering the next generation of women to ensure they believe and feel they have a place in our dynamic and exciting industry,” BJSS provides digital design, business and IT engineering services to clients in the UK, Europe and USA.
Stuart Bullock, BJSS managing director