While some European organisations are struggling to bring a single woman to its boardroom table, UK IT recruiter FDM has revealed it has a majority female presence on its managerial board.
In addition, some stats released by online business marketplace, PeoplePerHour.com show a 165% increase in women gaining work in the digital sector.
Over 48% were in design and programming, 10% was for database development and 9% in web graphics and Flash programming.
The most impressive increases were in the north of the UK.
The PeoplePerHour.com report said, “The highest increase in women moving into the digital sector was in the North with a 1000% increase in projects won by women in the last six months, a 2995% increase in earnings, compared with a 72% increase in the south.”
There’s been a lot of chat about female representation on boards. According to EU figures, only 12% of board members in large European companies are women.
The EU’s justice commissioner, Vivane Reding has warned that unless businesses put more female bums on seats, gender-quotas may become mandatory – like in France, Spain and Norway (as reported in Wall Street Journal).
Speaking with a few “women in IT”, this is a split issue. Some think the only way to increase women in IT is to introduce boardroom quotas and legislation to readdress the balance.
Others think purely introducing women to the top table to make up equality numbers is patronising and would undermine women’s senior roles.
Xenios Thrasyvoulou, CEO at PeoplePerHour.com, says, “The IT sector had predominately been seen as male-dominated, but these figures show that women are easily a match for men in the sector.”
“It also shows that attitudes have changed too. Employers are now more likely to employ a digital worker based on the quality of their work rather than their sex.”
Increasing the number of women in the industry shouldn’t be a pure numbers game – and the IT sector needs talented candidates regardless of gender.
Perhaps as more women join the industry, the IT sector can finally get past its gender fixation?