Women race to leave IT despite family-friendly schemes

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Women race to leave IT despite family-friendly schemes

Jane Dudman
The government has failed to stem the growing problem of women leaving the IT sector faster than firms can recruit them, despite its efforts to encourage family-friendly policies.

A report, titled Achieving workforce diversity in the e-business on-demand era, by the Women in IT Champions Group, revealed that older women are deserting the industry, mainly to set up their own businesses. It also said government initiatives have done little to halt the fall in the number of women employed by IT firms.

The report was presented at this week's Women in IT conference held by the DTI. It concluded that the number of women in IT remains disappointing, despite a number of schemes to encourage firms to adopt policies aimed at women.

Last year, 21 firms received funding from the DTI's £4.8m Work-Life Balance Challenge Fund to help develop policies to attract and retain women.

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