York-based freelance writer Katie Thompson has been named a finalist for Digital Creator, Digital Freelancer and Digital Woman of the Year at the first ever DigitalWomen Awards.
York, 26/02/2020 – Katie Thompson has been named a finalist for three categories in the inaugural DigitalWomen Awards.
Digital Women: a community created to empower 1 million women through digital skills, in association with NatWest Business, announces the DigitalWomen Awards. The awards show, taking place in London on March 9, will celebrate the incredible work that women are doing in the digital environment across multiple industries, following International Women’s Day as part of the ‘Each for Equal’ theme.
A study by the UK Commission for Employment and skills has shown that the proportion of women in digital is down to 33%, which is far below the UK average of 47%.
More than 2 million people are employed in the digital sector and the industry is worth £137 billion to the UK each year, but just 26% of those working in the digital sector are women. Projections suggest that 1.2 million people will be needed to fill jobs in the digital sector by 2022. 40% of employers reported that having a large proportion of vacancies aren’t just causing increased workloads, they’re also losing business due to not being able to fill job roles.
Lucy Hall, Director of Avviso Media Ltd and Founder of DigitalWomen, said: “We are very excited to bring the DigitalWomen awards to the female digital and business community and beyond. These awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase and raise profiles of women doing great work. I truly believe that the best way to encourage more diversity into digital and entrepreneurship is by sharing the work and stories of relatable individuals whose success seems attainable, and through the DigitalWomen Awards I believe we will achieve that.”
The Digital Women Digital Creator of The Year award recognises and celebrates those who are creating the best content for their communities or audiences. These individuals have built influence through the digital content they create, which has opened up new and exciting opportunities for them.
The Digital Freelancer of The Year award recognises and celebrates women who are working independently and flexibly, often carrying out more than one specialism. Many freelancers also seek out their own clients and fund self-learning. Freelancers are often highly skilled and work alongside corporate teams and smaller businesses. Freelancers collectively add a significant amount of money to our economy.
Find out more about the 40 Digital Women to Watch here.
Katie Thompson said: “It’s an honour to be a part of this inaugural event, recognising the digital and creative skills of women up and down the country. I’ve been chatting with all the finalists in the run-up to the awards and there’s some incredible talent out there. It would be fantastic to win, but I’m humbled to even be named alongside them.”
About Katie Thompson:
Katie Thompson runs Katie Lingo, a freelance content marketing service for agencies and SMEs. She trained in journalism with the NCTJ and holds a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Marketing. She founded Katie Lingo in 2016 and has worked with some of the UK’s biggest agencies, as well as internationally. Find out more at www.katielingo.co.uk.
The mission of DigitalWomen is to empower 1 million women through digital skills. The aim is to help women to stay relevant in an ever-changing digital world through digital education. DigitalWomen is a digital skill-sharing community where women can learn to boost digital skills and be inspired by women in digital business.
The awards celebration takes place on March 9 in London, in line with the International Women’s Day celebrations (March 8).
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