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Calls made for a minimum of one woman per IT job role to be interviewed

Filed under: Recruitment General — Jonathan on March 18, 2012

A report has recently recommended that at least one woman candidate should be interviewed for every IT vacancy. The report was published by the not-for-profit organisation The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and advocates that:

“Every open technical position has a viable female candidate.”

The organisation maintains that this will ensure that the IT industry will start to see a rise in the amount of women in IT specialist roles. In the US the IT industry is largely dominated by men and this can also be said of the UK market. Exact figures of the levels of women working in the IT sector are thin on the ground but some US studies show that only 15 to 25 percent of jobs are taken by women and only 8 percent are at managerial level.

In this highly sought after market it is believed that widening the talent pool with women can only be a positive result. Recruitment specialists Robert Half International found in their survey that 73 percent of CIOs questioned revealed that they struggle finding highly skilled IT staff. Specialist areas such as risk management jobs and IT security vacancies can be even harder to fill with talented people.

Other ideas suggested by the report were to revamp job descriptions to avoid stereotypes, use blind resume screening to eliminate the chances of bias in candidate selection and put control measures in place to monitor the levels of women in IT.

With IT expertise growing in demand more opportunities for women should present themselves in the future.

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