Women in tech – still a work in progress

Gov, business & education should collaborate to solve tech skills crisis
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A deep dive into a decade’s worth of data revealed that women are still struggling to break through into the traditionally male-dominated world of technology.

Focusing on key roles within the ICT and technology sector, recruitment company Search Consultancy discovered there has been little movement in the number of women occupying the positions.

The data shows that in 2007, women made up 13.6% of all workers put into IT roles. This figure has climbed by only 1.8% in 10 years to 15.4% for 2017. And looking at the specific roles women are securing, there is still a long way to go to levelling the playing field.

In 2007, for example, only 9% of manager/leader positions were obtained by women. For 2017, the figure stands at just 14.8%.

Other key figures showed 10% of all developer roles went to women in 2007, a figure that has climbed just 4.8% in 10 years to 14.8% today.

Perhaps most disappointing is that the number of female engineers has decreased since 2007, where the figure stood at a respectable 20%. Today that figure has dropped to a mere 5.8%.

Amidst what is a decidedly depressing set of figures, there is some cause for optimism. Year- on-year comparisons across the same period from 2016 to 2017 saw an increase in female appointments into Director roles.