Jobbing Umbrella Company employees contracting in the IT skills market will be aware that their chosen profession is largely the preserve of males; however, perhaps the scale of the gender imbalance might surprise even the most seasoned IT pro. A new poll by online recruiter has found that 91% of IT firms are receiving just one-fifth of their job applications from women.

Technojobs MD Anthony Sherick described the lack of female representation in one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world as “worrying”. He explained: “It’s not just the question of a skills shortage, but a lack of choosing IT as a profession in the first place, as women hesitate to take their place in what the results reveal to be a male-dominated domain. In order to rectify this problem, we need to change the image of tech by making it more accessible to women.”

Describing the gender gap in science and technology as “shameful”, CBI deputy director-general Katja Hall said that society’s idea about the choices women have in their careers needs to be transformed. The CBI has called for the government to slash tuition fees for a range of STEM courses in an effort to redress the gender imbalance.

Ms Hall added: “Employees with the right skills to work in areas like medicine, engineering and computer science also tend to have higher earnings on average than those who don’t.”

Government data reveals that there were 176,000 women working as IT professionals last year. This figure is dwarfed by the number of men, which stood at 953,000.

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