Latest findings have revealed that the number of women working within the IT sector is half what it was compared to 20 years ago.
This is according to an analysis of working trends by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo).
A joint study by the Department of Trade Industry (DTI) and the Skills Task Force found that women made up a third of the information and communication technology (ICT) workforce two decades ago. At that time, it was noted that this figure was declining, with females representing only 20% of students on IT-related university courses in 1999.
Today, according to community interest company, Wise, the amount of women working in IT stands at 16%, representing a 1% drop since 2017. While the number of females in the sector is increasing, the number of men joining is also rising, but at a more rapid pace.
Latest figures from 2019’s A-level results also revealed that computing is the only STEM subject where boys continue to dominate, with just 13% of the 11,124 A level entries coming from girls.