Digital Agenda for Europe
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Women in ICT

Enabling women to enter ICT jobs will provide a boost to the EU economy. The aim is to provide women with digital skills, education and increase their participation in ICT.
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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!

Last updated on 02/03/2015 - 12:42


Anni Hellman's picture
If we really want to bring more creativity and understanding to the world of ICT we need to involve more women. They can help to create a better and more collaborative environment where innovation & fresh thinking will flourish. This is why I support quotas for women in European ICT.
Robert Madelin's picture
For a long time, we have sought better representation of women experts speaking at tech events in Europe.
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