For International Women’s Day we have decided to throw the Scaramanga spotlight on the newest team member, Charlotte Kam, who joined us in November 2019 as a junior web developer.

But firstly, let’s take a look at the statistics about women working in web development here in the UK:

  • Women make up just 11% of the developer workforce (source: Pearson Frank Java and PHP Salary Survey)
  • Woman make up 50% of the workforce but account for less than 15% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) employees

Spotlight on Charlotte Kam

What made you apply for the role with us here at Scaramanga?

Everyone wants to be working in a supportive and welcoming company as their first job, including me. When I came across the job advert listed on the Scaramanga site, I was attracted by the pages screaming with attitude.

I was also amused by the team introduction and thought this would be a lovely team to work with. I thought this is the role that I need to apply for because it will allow me to grow and learn.

What parts of your job do you enjoy most?

Ensuring the design element is properly inherited in the code. The expectation from a designer will always be slightly different to the developer's expectation; how we implement the design with the touch and adjustment to suit users' needs is the most fun part for sure.

It does take time to learn and finesse, but the results are often really satisfying and I feel like I have really achieved something stylistically appealing as well as functional.

Why do you think there are so few female developers?

I think that the lack of support from schools and colleges in the UK and the stereotype that males are more capable at these positions are still prominent.

In other countries like India and Malaysia, the number of girls and boys attending computer lessons are almost the same. Those girls are getting enough support to want to continue on the computer science path.

Female STEM graduates in the UK may also find it more difficult to land their first job in this field, since many employers are still prefer to hire males, due to the stereotype that men are better at logical reasoning, whereas the reality is that there is no difference between the genders.

Who in the industry do you most admire?

At the moment I'm most grateful to Adam Wathan, the creator of Tailwind CSS. Tailwind allows us to create responsive and intuitive design in a very streamlined and quick manner, which is extremely useful in a commercial setting, providing a solution to stop the never-ending, mark-up overriding fight. Adam also seems to be a nice and chilled guy, so what’s not to like about him!

What advice would you give to other women who are interested in web development?

Prepare yourself in advance of opportunity. You only need one chance to enter this industry, and after that your skills and experience will guide you through.

If you are interested in web development, don't hesitate and start learning about it in your leisure time; build some demo websites and just play with them. Enthusiasm and a can-do attitude are the best selling points, regardless of your gender.

What skills do you need to be a web developer?

I think that the main ones are: being analytical, creative and detail orientated. Concentration, problem solving and teamwork as also essential, as well a being able to lead, whether that is a project or a team.

Finally, what’s your favourite Scaramanga site and why?

I will say High Court Enforcement Group's and its associated companies. It was built way before I joined Scaramanga, but the striking graphic patterns that were specifically designed for these three sites are very eye-catching and timeless.The sites are structured coherently and consider the large amounts of information that need to be nested. On top of that, both the mobile and desktop viewpoints’ layouts are intuitive and easy to navigate.