Tough for women to break into IT

Women in the IT industry are finding it more difficult to get into IT than to progress through the ranks according to a survey by a UK training company.

Women in the IT industry are finding it more difficult to get into IT than to progress through the ranks according to a survey by a UK training company.

The Training Camp questioned 100 women across a range of levels in the IT industry. The survey found 67% felt getting on the IT career ladder was a greater challenge than climbing it, while 52% believed they could move upwards faster compared with other industry sectors.

Claire Taylor, a systems administrator at APT Solutions agrees that getting into IT is by far the greater challenge. She says although it’s a challenge for a woman to demonstrate her suitability in such a male-dominated sector, career prospects are enormous for those who persevere.

Rob Chapman, CEO at The Training Camp, says the aim of the survey is to stimulate debate about what can be done to bring about change. He suggests one of the things employers could do is promote aspects of the jobs in the industry that are likely to appeal to women.

“Jobs like project managers and software developers require people who are organised, creative and good with personal interaction, but these aspects of working in the IT industry tend to be skirted over,” he says.

Chapman argues that increasing the number of women who apply for IT jobs will help increase the number of women in the sector, which in turn will make it easier for women to break in going forward.

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