Women in IT

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Facts and figures on the IT & Telecoms gender gap

Gender remains a significant and worsening issue in IT & Telecoms professional occupations. Enrolments in technology-intensive courses continue to decline, and women in particular remain unconvinced about a career in IT. e-skills UK offers initiatives to encourage girls into IT, as well as in-depth research exploring the gender imbalance.

Why you need to know more about the gender imbalance in IT

  • 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
  • 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

See our research on Women and IT

Read more in our Technology Insights 2012 reports.

Find out about some of the issues behind gender inequality in IT with our Women in IT research.

See how e-skills UK is encouraging girls into IT

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