Women are still treated as second class citizens within the IT sector with opportunities to move up in organisations limited, according to research from an IT recruitment company.
According to the findings of research from GCS, 56% of woman interviewed said there is a career glass ceiling for women in the IT industry with the most senior jobs off limits.
Chris Bartlett, managing director at GCS, said demand for IT staff in Europe is high and a large proportion of the workforce are deterred from entering the IT sector.
Thirty-five per cent of the surveyed group said there are no women in the top five ranked IT positions in their company.
"With demand for IT staff reaching unparalleled levels across Europe, it is essential that more women are encouraged to follow careers in IT, in order that the deficit is addressed. We believe that the promotion and encouragement of women in IT is good for the sector, as mixed gender workforces not only enable a greater natural balance, they also promote a better working life for staff. The industry needs to take significant and swift action to make the necessary changes to avoid a serious shortage of staff in the future."
When asked what it was about IT that put them off a career in IT 34% said because it was male dominated, 27% that it is perceived as dull and 15% because of its geeky image.