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Number of Women Working in IT to Rise by 2020

According to a major study by the CEB, the proportion of women choosing to work in an IT profession is set to increase over the next four years as businesses increasingly adopt digital technology.

The CEB is a membership group for business executives, and has predicted that the number of women choosing IT as a career will increase between now and 2020.

The reason for this seems to be that marketing departments, finance departments and other areas of the business recruit more people with IT skills.The study found the proportion of women working in IT in companies around the world is 31%. 

It also discovered that in the UK only 18% of women are in computer-related roles, compared with 37% in mathematics and 62% in life and physical sciences.

Kris Van Riper, practice leader at CEB, said: “There will be more people in the IT team with marketing background, maybe digital marketers; more people with customer experience background; more people who are business analysts, who are getting requirements from customers; and project managers.” 

Research shows that companies with a more equal balance between male and female employees, particularly at senior levels, are more successful than companies that are male dominated. 

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