Dortmund/Berlin | 16. November 2020
The growth of the IT service provider adesso continues unabated. The company is not only expecting sales to exceed EUR 500 million for the first time this financial year, but will also be welcoming the 5,000th adesso Group employee in November. Averaging some 90 new employees per month, 2020 saw adesso set a new recruitment record in the company’s 23-year history.
As employee no. 5,000, Manja Dathe-Marchlewitz (43) will be getting started in the Public Administration business area at adesso’s Berlin location. The business information scientist and industrial engineer has almost twenty years of industry expertise in IT consulting and will be managing an adesso competence centre for IT projects in public administration.
With this new hire, adesso underscores its dedication to the She for IT women’s initiative which aims to attract more female IT professionals to the company, especially for executive positions. Coach of the German women’s national football team, Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, is the patron of the campaign and is currently promoting the push for more women in the IT industry in the Coaching Corner video series in order to inspire young females for these future professions – which can also be seen at Youtube, among others.
Manja Dathe-Marchlewitz is looking forward to “developing and advancing exciting digitalisation projects for the public sector in an environment as growth-oriented as can be found at adesso”. The 5,000th adesso employee also has a clear stance towards working in the classically male domain of IT: “In my experience, mixed teams in which men and women work together provide the possibility of finding better solutions through different opinions and perspectives. That’s why I very much welcome adesso pushing the issue and wanting to increase the share of women at the company,” the IT specialist explains. At the same time, she also sees the need for a more proactive approach in the economy as a whole. “We have to make the world of work more family-friendly and flexible, for both mothers and fathers in equal measure.”
Dirk Pothen, member of the adesso Executive Board with responsibility for human resources manages the transition process at adesso towards more diversity, and a female and family-friendly environment: “adesso plans to fill more than 40 additional executive positions with women by the end of 2022. We are convinced that female managers are an important element and authentic role models on the road to more diversity. Not only that, but they also have a particularly positive effect on equality. Furthermore, we are working on optimising the Employee Journey by more closely aligning the workplace and working time models, part time opportunities and the option to take career breaks, as well as career planning in general to individual needs.”
First on Manja Dathe-Marchlewitz’s list is to get familiar with her new field of work. The IT manager is entrusted with the task of further expanding business at the federal level as well as in the Berlin-Brandenburg region and supporting public institutions as they take on the challenge of administrative modernisation and digitalisation.
*Note: The adesso nine-month report published on 13 November 2020 depicts a number of employees calculated according to the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) key figure. In the case of mixed staffing with full-time and part-time employees, the actual number of employees (heads) is higher.