Private sector union Amicus, which represent a large number of IT professionals, has launched a campaign to promote and enhance the role of women in IT.
The Women in IT Charter calls for fair and transparent pay systems, equal treatment in pay through audits, promotion of work-life balance policies, and the promotion of flexible working.
Peter Skyte, Amicus National Officer, said, “The IT sector is not attractive to women with its poor image, long hour culture and unsatisfactory work-life balance. The UK cannot afford this to continue.
"We will work with employers where they are progressive and challenge employers where they are unwilling to change.”
With the IT sector only 17% of the employees are women, compared to 45% across the UK workforce as a whole, according to the Office of National Statistics.
Women IT professional are paid on average £117 less per week than their male counterparts, according to research by eSkills UK, the government sponsored IT skills body.