Now is the time for women to have IT all

Only 1 in 6 tech specialists in the UK are women and only 1in 10 are IT leaders according to Women in Tech ( These statistics are not particularly positive for women hoping to make it, in this mostly male dominated industry.

Mind the gap

The gender pay gap has fallen across all regions in the UK since 1998, most markedly in Northern Ireland where the pay gap is now in favour of women (negative 3.5%). Two decades ago, the gender pay gap in London was below the UK average but has since narrowed at a slower rate. In 2018, it has the widest gender pay gap at 13.7%.

Claremont supports some of the most prominent com- panies in the UK with their Oracle E-Business systems, including Human Capital Management (HCM). One of the core elements of our managed services offering addresses the HR function, including pay and gender inequalities.

This is something we focus on for our clients, so it’s only right that we look at the same areas in our own business, and adopt a proactive attitude to the progression of women in IT.

To build a future for women in IT, Claremont believes that there must be a shift in thinking. This shift is evident with some of the global brands such as Facebook, Apple, Google and Intel pledging to improve the future of women in IT.

Janet Stirling-Paget – A female tech in a man’s world

Meet Janet – a managed services Database Administrator at Claremont who joined the business 3 years ago. Janet has 2 boys aged 11 and 8, and juggles motherhood and a busy job working with multiple clients.

She gained a BSC Honours Business Computing at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland where she was born. After graduating, she started her career as data entry administrator which then led her into training as an Oracle DBA.

Janet then spent 15 years within a Support Environment for an IT Services organisation. After 15 years Janet started looking for new opportunities to grow. A colleague showed her a job description for a role at Claremont and contacted the company and expressed an interest. Claremont didn’t have a position at that time, but they stayed in contact and 2 years later Janet joined the team as an Oracle DBA.

To help Janet manage the balance between work and home, Claremont offers flexible working arrangements for its staff. This flexibility allows Janet to come into the office two days a week and work from home the rest of the time, allowing her to be available for her boys when she needs to be.

Janet believes Claremont are different from other employers. She commented, “they actually care about the employees and provide support both in the work environment and personally”. She went on to say, “I feel a real sense of accomplishment and recognition from both clients and Claremont when a job is successfully completed. Though I work from home most of the time, I don’t feel isolated and know I’m accepted by all my male peers.”

Claremont values its people – because Claremont IS its people

At Claremont, we are committed to supporting our employees and people like Janet so that they can achieve the highest standards within a modern and progressive working environment. We believe in continuous improvement, employee recognition and rewards, with the the health and wellbeing of our employees, being paramount.

One way in which we celebrate our people successes is our Quarterly Recognition Award scheme. Anyone in the company can put forward a colleague for extra recognition and reward for a great piece of work, where that person has demonstrated the Claremont values and has gone above and beyond the already high standards set out by the company.

Furthermore, we also acknowledge such dedication and committment through our annual Employee of the Year Award, voted entirely by employees – a true people’s choice award!

Our commitment to employee wellbeing and the consistent working environment implemented as part of the com- pany’s personnel policy has been recognised with the award of Gold status by Investors in People since 2011.

If you want to work with an Oracle partner that cares as much about its clients as it does about our employees and community, then contact us. You can email us at or phone us on +44 (0) 1483 549314.

Further Insights

Digging Around Like a Manic Miner

Matt Christie is a Database Analyst for Claremont. In his own words, he describes a particular challenge relating to Oracle’s E-Business Suite’s OLPT database – and more specifically, the task of understanding the impact of archiving on a system. Time to put the pickaxe to good use and go mining.