Women in IT

Women in IT Scorecard

Why are there so few women in IT in the UK?

Females consistently achieve higher grades than males in IT-related subjects, but they fill just 16% of IT & Telecoms professional occupations. Find out about some of the issues behind gender inequality in IT with the Women in IT Scorecard, a joint publication by e-skills UK, The Chartered Institute for IT, and BCS.

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Women in IT Scorecard - Jun 14 
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Key findings 

  • By 2013, less than one in six (16%) of the 1,129,000 people working as IT specialists in the UK were women
  • Of the 753,000 people working in the IT sector at this time, just one in five (20%) were women
  • In 2013, within the IT sector itself little more than one in ten (11%) IT specialists were women
  • The proportion of women working as self-employed IT specialists has more than doubled over the past decade
  • Just under one in five (18%) of females working as IT specialists were employed on a part-time basis - a figure well below that for other occupations
  • Women are much more likely to hold technician/engineer grade positions than men (34% vs. 20% respectively) and less likely to be working in 'professional' (primarily development related) occupations (46% vs. 57%)
  • Female representation within IT specialist roles is higher within the devolved nations than in the UK as a whole (19% vs. 16%)
  • At £640 per week, the median gross weekly rate of pay for female IT specialists was 16% (£120) less than the comparison figure for men working in IT roles (£760) and the recorded level of pay for women IT roles has been consistently below that of male IT specialists in each of the past 10 years
  • Gender imbalance in both the IT industry and in IT occupations is an issue to all EU 15 nations
  • Female representation is in these industries/occupations is lower in the UK than the EU 15 average

Past publications

Women in IT Scorecard - Mar 09 PDF 1MB

Research Notes - Women in the IT & Telecoms Workforce - Oct 11 PDF 534KB

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