Whilst the country’s 1.2 million IT & Telecoms (IT&T) professionals make up just 4.2% of the UK’s total workforce, they are both the power behind the sizeable information economy and the backbone to every other sector. Could industry be doing more to increase its power? Is the workforce a fair representation of a modern day society?
With news emerging from Silicon Valley that women typically comprise less than 30% of its workforce, Spring Technology was keen to look at female participation in the UK IT & Telecoms occupations. Startlingly, our research found that, in 2014, women accounted for just 16.4% of the country’s IT & Telecoms professionals.*
To understand why so few women are entering and staying in the profession, our research looked into:
- Education: What’s being done to improve technical and digital skills and increase interest levels in working in the profession
- Early careers within IT & Telecoms, progression opportunities, and the availability of opportunities at a senior level
From this research – which comprised qualitative interviews, a survey across our comprehensive network, and extensive data analysis – we unearthed issues that not only impact women, but the workforce as a whole.
I hope that the findings from our research will prove useful in helping to shape the future of IT & Telecoms recruitment, and to improve the prospects of the profession at large.