Only 30% of the around 7 million people working in the information and communication (ICT) sector are women. They are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector, especially in decision-making positions. The ICT sector is rapidly growing, creating around 120 000 new jobs every year. Due to differences in demands and skills – and despite soaring unemployment – there may be a lack of 900 000 skilled ICT workers in 2020.
A study on women active in the ICT sector we published in October 2013, found that allowing more women to enter the digital jobs market can create an annual € 9 billion GDP boost in the EU area. A policy change is needed particularly because of an alarming drop in ICT female graduates (today only 29 out of every 1000 female graduate have a computing or related degree, and only 4 go on to work in ICT-related activities).
One way to reverse this trend is to encourage young people, and in particular women, to take up an ICT-related careers.
Starting on 6 March 2014, the European Commission launches a campaign to find and celebrate digital role models who could encourage young women and girls to study and to pursue careers in IT. We invite women (and men!) to create a video and share their own digital success story to inspire girls and women to think about tech.
Join us on the Every Girl Digital Facebook page with your story!