This International Women’s Day (8th March 2021) we are challenging the idea that women need to move away from Orkney in order to have a global career or access to job opportunities in STEM industries.
International Women’s Day 2021's theme is #ChooseToChallenge, which includes challenging bias, smashing stereotypes and raising awareness of inequalities that women and girls continue to face.
Fiona Morgan, our Company Secretary & Lawyer, instrumental to Kyloe’s set-up in 2015 was able to continue her profession in Orkney after a five-year career in London. Since then, Kyloe has welcomed other Orcadian women who have followed the same steps and joined the growing team of over 55 members globally.
Lauren Miller, Marketing Manager said: “I’d been living away from Orkney for 16 years, including a stint in New York and then London for six years. I didn’t think moving back home to Orkney was an option if I wanted to continue my career growth as part of a global company, as opportunities had been rare in the past.
“Orkney has one of the highest employment rates in Scotland, yet one of the worst gender pay gaps, partly due to males dominating the higher paid jobs. Kyloe not only offers opportunities for women in tech but the chance to work with clients from all over the world, and at an equal rate of pay to our male counterparts.”
Catherine Leask, Marketing Assistant, newly graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, was in a similar position, feeling that moving home after University would only have limited opportunities.
Catherine said: “Facing the post-graduation job hunt is a daunting task for any graduate, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic which is an isolating time to move to somewhere new.
“I anticipated that I would have to move to a bigger city for a global role but joining the Kyloe team as Marketing Assistant was evidence that Orkney is increasing in opportunities, especially with the growth of the online sphere and its power to connect people”.
Our Kyloevians have created a short video which highlights our 50/50 boardroom split, no gender pay or opportunities gap, and our commitment to continuing to challenge and raise awareness. See below.