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Study seeks 'disappearing IT women'

Researchers from the University of Salford are trying to find out why so many women leave the IT industry.

The percentage of women in the IT workforce has fallen from 27% in 1996 to 21%, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The research project - The Disappearing Women: North-West ICT Project - follows a study by the university examining the experience of 500 female IT professionals. "We noticed a lot of job churn and we were wondering why," said academic fellow Marie Griffiths.

"The women we have spoken to say the workplace is quite hostile and is not compatible with raising a family."

She also cited one woman in an IT management role who found junior male colleagues were being paid £15,000 more than her.

The researchers can be contacted at:

m.griffiths@salford.ac.uk

 

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