A better work culture would bring women back to IT, the British Computer Society (BCS) said today.
Companies need to make their working cultures more attractive to women, by becoming aware of the different ways men and women act in the work place, said Rebecca George, chair of the BCS women's forum.
The number of women in IT dropped 6% to 192,580 between 2001 and 2007. This is compared to the 841,702 men working in IT in 2007.
George said, "The situation keeps on deteriorating. It is time to re-examine the problem of keeping and motivating female IT professionals.
"The onus is on organisations to look creatively at their cultures. I believe that if you strive to have the right culture for everyone, you will bring women along as well."
She said women tend to be less good at self-publicity, believing that if they do a good job they will get recognition. "It does not necessarily work like that," she said.
The BCS women's forum and recruitment portal are organising W-Tech 2009, ab IT recruitment event aimed exclusively at women.