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Techie women wanted by Microsoft

Microsoft wants more female developers and engineers and the company's new HR head has set her stall on redressing a miss-balance.

Sarah Fisher who recently became HR head at Microsoft told HR magazine Personnel Today that she was personally committed to improving opportunities for female developers and beginners.

Fisher told Personnel Today, "Our [female:male] profile is positive, but it needs to improve without any shadow of a doubt. It is an area I want to delve into, to encourage females to apply, and I am personally very committed."

According to the British Computer Society (BCS) there are about 37,000 fewer women in IT now compared to 2001. The BCS said such a large number could help to alleviate the industry's much publicised skills shortage.

Fisher's drive will help women move forward in an industry that many believe they are disadvantaged in.

According to research from IT recruitment firm InterQuest, published in June, 90% of female IT professionals believe the industry is biased against them. Three quarters of the professionals feel their skills and strengths are suited to technology and said they chose a career in IT on that basis.

The survey also found that one in three women have experienced sexism in the workplace.


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