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Job board counters claim that less women are working in digital

A report released last week by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills claimed that 27% of digital workers in the UK were female, but statistics released by the job board paint a different picture.

Bubble Jobs found that 39% of candidate sign ups to their site in 2015 were female, suggesting a higher interest in the sector than is being claimed by the report.

According to the UKCES report, just 27% of employees in the sector are women, down from 33% in 2002.

Bubble Jobs digital marketing manager Amy Edwards said, “The UKCES report was disappointing because – as our statistics prove – the digital sector is a popular option for men and women.

“The digital sector is full of opportunities for people with a range of skills, and is not a male-dominated industry as some reports would have you believe.

“Every week we see a good mix of candidates applying for jobs across the sector, suggesting that women aren’t fleeing the sector as this new report claims.”

When asked to choose their key job area, of the female sign-ups 23% chose web and graphic design, 16% chose online and digital marketing, 12% chose project and product management and 11% chose social media and online PR.

In terms of job-level, while 43% said they were looking for graduate or junior-level roles, 28% were looking for manager roles and 12% chose senior/director-level vacancies.

Edwards added, “While some candidates may be graduates or at entry level, many are professionals who have worked in the industry for several years, so to say that only a quarter of digital workers are female doesn’t correlate to what we’re seeing.

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