Computing remains a man?s world despite drastic skill shortages and rising salaries.
Figures published by recruitment and training agency Corps Business of the number of women applying for employment in computing-related positions over the last seven years show it has remained consistently less than one-third of the total number of applicants each year.
?Computing has been perceived as an elitist boys' club where women are not always welcome. If employers want more female applicants, they will have to show a greater investment in training,? said Juliet Ripley, marketing manager at the agency.
However, increasing numbers of women are completing educational courses in IT subjects, suggesting that more are attracted to the profession but are unable to get training in the workplace. According to Caroline Coster, training manager at Corps Business, employers are missing out on one of the primary strengths of female employees.
?In our experience women are far easier to train than men. They attend courses with a far more open mind and are more willing to listen and learn,? she explained.
According to applicants Corps Business has placed, women view IT as an enabler whereas men focus on the technology and how it works. This more creative approach reflects in the one area that has shown significant increases in the number of female employees ? multimedia. Last year women had 21 percent of positions in this sector compared to nothing almost a few years ago.
To help address this employment issue, the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs is holding a conference entitled Women and Technology in London on November 14.
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