Have women rejected technology as a career choice and is it harming growth?
New research reveals significant gender imbalances in the technology sector and an acute skills shortage – reports Harvey Nash.
- Untapped potential: Sixty eight per cent of respondents identified at least one major positive impact they are missing from not having enough female representation in their teams. The skills / attributes most missed were: relationships with internal customers (51 per cent); team cohesion & morale (48 per cent); and creativity & innovation (46 per cent)
- Gender imbalance at top table: The proportion of CIOs and technology leaders that are female has remained virtually unchanged for the last seven years at just seven per cent (in 2005 it was eight per cent)
- Lack of female role models in middle management: Over a third of those surveyed confirmed they have no female technology managers at all in their organisation, and 81 per cent have less than a quarter of management roles populated by women
- echnology not seen as attractive to female graduates: Almost a quarter of CIOs (24 per cent) have no women at all in their technical and development teams, even in more junior roles. CIOs of both genders believe the main cause of gender imbalance is the supply of talent; 75 per cent of women CIOs believe there are a lack of qualified women candidates available for technology roles, 88 per cent of men share this view
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