Female Tech Staff in Decline

According to a new study, the UK faces an increasing gender gap in its flourishing IT industry.

The Women in IT Scorecard looked at gender trends from secondary education through to the workplace. It indicates that women account for 16% of the UK's IT workforce.

The study was compiled by BCS, the chartered institute for IT and E-skills UK. The report found that girls account for just 13% of entries for computer science GCSEs and women IT specialists earn 16% less than their male counterparts.

Gilian Arnold, chief executive of BCS woman said: "The continuing decline in women entering the IT profession is a real threat for the UK and an issue that clearly we need to address."

Katherine Price, chief executive of E-skills UK said: "Women have a significant contribution to make to the IT sector, and it is vital for the economy that we ensure they have the opportunity.

"This joint report provides the evidence we need to face the problem head-on, and to develop hard hitting and effective interventions to solve it."

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