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Women in tech have risen to new heights.

By . December 20, 2018
Technology has predominantly been a male dominated area with women being the minority, only accounting for 17% of all tech jobs in the UK. This decreases further when looking at women in managerial positions. For industry diversity, these stats don’t look too great. However, 2016 shows some positivity in women in the tech industry.

A report from Computer Weekly explains that one in five tech jobs are held by a woman and women with senior roles have doubled to 7% in 2016 from 3% in 2015.

“A further 6 per cent of women in tech are Directors or VPs of technology, 2 percent are Managing Directors, and 5 per cent of women in tech hold a C-level job title. Add these senior leadership roles together and you have 20 percent of women surveyed operating at the top of their profession.”

ComputerWeekly

“Women are still the minority”

Compared to 2015, 2016 IT contractor roles have risen from 25% to 32%, an increase that has doubled year-on-year.

What is noticeable with the improving environment of women in the IT industry is that nearly half the women working in IT work within government or private sector companies (49%). This is more than their male counterparts who account for 46%.

In management level roles, women are marginally ahead of men. 32% of women are in high-level roles within IT. Men account for 31%. This shows that more women are holding senior positions in IT than ever then they did in previous years.

The figures may seem like woman and men are working in an equal playing field in IT, but women are still the minority in each level. Positive changes are being made though as it is predicted by the end of 2016, less than 25% of IT roles will be held by women, in developed countries.

Whoever, because of the nature of the IT industry, there is growing potential for more women to be involved. Currently, the IT industry is suffering from a skills shortage and employing more skilled women for positions could kill two birds with one stone, improve gender diversity in the IT sector and fill job demands.

“What’s more, the UK tech industry is in the midst of a skills shortage - one that shows no signs of abating. Last year alone there were 900,000 IT-related job vacancies in the EU. With increasing demands for talent, it’s clear that getting more women into tech, and then getting them to stay, is something we’re all vested in.”

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