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THE IT JOB BOARD CALLS FOR MORE WOMEN IN IT

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY: THE IT JOB BOARD CALLS FOR MORE WOMEN IN IT
 
-Research from UKs leading IT job board reveals less than one fifth of its candidate base is made up of women-
 
Following research into its candidate database, The IT Job Board, the UKs biggest IT specialist recruitment website, has revealed that only 16%  of all job seekers are women. This confirms statistics which highlight that women make up only one fifth of all employees in the IT sector.
 
As a direct response to its findings, The IT Job Board has launched its Women in IT campaign, calling for more women to join the UKs technology sector. The IT Job Board will create a series of campaigns with the objective of encouraging women into a career in IT. 
 
Drilling down into the data further, The IT Job Board has revealed its top two job titles for women working in IT companies and departments are: project manager and business analyst. For men they are developer and project manager.
 
When it comes to the major cities attracting IT professionals, the top three for women are London, Reading and Birmingham (in that order), and for men London, Birmingham and Manchester.
 
Commenting on the findings, Alex Farrell, managing director of The IT Job Board, said: Clearly our statistics, as the largest UK advertiser of IT jobs, confirm what we already know that there is a serious lack of women working in the IT sector, but what are the reasons behind this?
 
She adds: The sector is male-dominated, and I believe - a prejudice exists that men are perhaps more proficient when it comes to IT. Of course, this doesnt paint an accurate picture, and the sector boasts a wealth of female talent talent which should be championed.
 
As the backbone of business, IT can be a competitive and stressful environment to work in, with long hours that perhaps dont fit in with the needs of raising a family. However, I believe that companies need to focus on creating more diverse workforces, and to help women build and develop careers in IT.
 
Farrell also believes given the prejudices highlighted that there is a limited appetite for female graduates to enter into the sector.  She adds:
 
The Women and Equality Unit report also highlighted that girls disengage from IT subjects between the ages of 11 and 15, and I truly believe that the whole issue does stem back to childhood. Rather than sit and wait for things to improve, the sector needs to do more now to attract the female talent of the future. Through our Women in IT campaign we hope to help work towards this.

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