Tracy Pound, CompTIA Board member and MD of MaximITy, pens a guest blog for PCR Online speaking about the struggles facing women in the IT industry and what can be done to get more women involved……
“The IT & Tech industry is facing an unprecedented skills gap that could be detrimental to both business and the UK economy. It was reported by the Institute of Engineering and Technology that in 2015 the skills gap increased for the ninth year in a row. It isn’t a surprise that employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find the right talent, with many employers seeing this as significant threat to business.
One area that demands significant attention, is the appeal and diversity of the industry to women. Speaking last year at the Microsoft Future Decoded Conference in London, Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com noted that only 4% of the world’s engineers and 10% of technology company founders are women. It is clear that more work needs to be done and this could present an opportunity to plug some of the skills shortage.
I have been in the IT industry for over 30 years, and am passionate about encouraging more girls and women to look at tech roles. This needs to be addressed, not only from a business perspective with women being given the opportunity to have more senior roles, but also at a grass roots level through education and STEM subjects in school. ….”