The majority of techies in the north are men! According to an annual digital skill audit the North’s technology sector is increasing with the gender divide.
Manchester Digital’s audit of 250 digital and technology businesses revealed this week that more than 70% of workers in digital technology in the North are men, this is up from 60% last year. Contrary to industry hopes of getting more women into IT, less than one in three staff members in the industry are women.
It is only when it comes to technical roles the divide becomes more pronounced. Last year the men made up almost 70% of the workforce, now this figure has increased to almost 90%. Even half of all businesses said that their tech teams were exclusively male.
The audit found evidence on a confirmation of the skills gap as well as, the increasing gender gap. For the fourth year in a row Northern businesses have struggled to fill developer positions, and one third of businesses have reported difficulties in hiring devs. Resulting in development jobs being among the most commonly outsourced.
Manchester Digital managing director Katie Gallagher said, “The results of our annual skills audit once again reflect a thriving industry, but one that is seriously hampered by the ability to recruit at the necessary volume,”
As well as, “The sector’s widening gender gap is a key concern for us, and something we will continue to address through our own initiatives and by working with relevant groups who champion minorities and diversity in the sector.”
She added, “We believe the will is there [to address this], but government policy and lack of investment still hinder the implementation and scaling up of the solutions that will really deliver change.”
A report from a non-partisan think tank, the Social Market Foundation, that concluded more women must study STEM subjects in order to fill a predicted skills gap of 142,000 job roles by 2023 is followed by Manchester Digital’s audit.
You may be wondering why this is such a big issue but as IT recruiters we know that this unbalance of genders is a serious issue for the industry. The more the stigma applies the harder it is to bring more diversity in to the sector resulting in a missed business opportunity for Britain.
At Integrity ITS we’re determined to get more women in to the IT sector so that businesses can benefit from the potential currently going wasted. It’s a fantastic flexible industry to work in that has a lot of room for development. Are you a female interested in the sector? Contact us today to see how we can help you.
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