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2015 Women in IT Scorecard published by BCS and Tech Partnership

The latest 2015 Women in IT Scorecard, published by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and the Tech Partnership, shows that just one in ten IT Directors are women. The Scorecard also reveals that only 17% of the 1.18m IT specialists working in the UK in 2014 were women. This compares with a figure of 47% for the workforce as a whole.

The report shows that female representation within IT occupations ranges from one third (33%) of employees working as Web Design & Development Professionals to less than one in ten (10%) working as IT Directors. Only around one in ten (13%) of those employed as Programmers and Software Developers are women.

The difference in female and male pay rates appears to be greatest amongst 'professional' level IT positions; female IT specialists were found to be earning only 84% of the rate for males working in such positions during 2014.

Highlights from the research:

  • Just under 20,000 female IT specialists were self-employed in 2014 - proportionately much less than either male IT specialists (13%) or UK workers as a whole (15%).
  • Just under six in ten (59%) of all females employed as IT specialists in 2014 were working within small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • Female representation in the IT professions was low in all UK regions/devolved nations during 2014 and ranged from 15% of IT specialists employed (or self-employed) in the East of England and the South East to 20% of those working in Wales.
  • Around one third (34%) of female IT specialists were working in IT businesses in 2014 compared with almost one half (45%) of males working in such roles and of all IT specialists working in IT firms only 13% were women.

The full report can be found here.

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