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Events planned to increase gender diversity in IT

Filed under: Recruitment General — Stephanie on October 9, 2012

Mortimer Spinks and Computer Weekly carried out a survey recently that revealed how numerous women are turned off from working in IT. Of the professionals in IT that were interviewed, 75 per cent of women considered technology careers to hold less appeal because of concerns revolving around male dominance in the sector. Those looking for new roles in information technology, such as CISSP jobs or information security vacancies, will be interested to know that the government – along with government technology companies – is collaborating in order to change that idea.

Through major events and conferences, it is planning on emphasising opportunities that IT-based employment can offer to women. It intends to diversify the sector through the creation of awareness, in addition to opportunity.

UK reports reveal that fewer than 20 per cent of IT professionals in Scotland are women. Technology Opportunities Focus – after recognising this with companies such as IBM, Oracle and Cisco – has created a number of events that will entice women through school and workshop-based education. They will take place at Oracle’s offices, among other venues. The plan is to provide preparation to people for what can be expected, as well as to show them what they can achieve in Oracle employment and other IT positions.

Growth in the IT sector is expanding at four times that of the average in Scotland, with an industry report making as estimate that over the next five years, there will be 40,000 technology recruits needed.

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