Women are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector in Europe. The ICT sector is rapidly growing, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs every year. Despite an increasing demand for ICT related skills and the soaring unemployment – EU is projected to have 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 EUR 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). An update to the study has been commissioned and will be published soon.
One of the ways to reverse the negative trend would be to encourage young people, particularly women, to take STEM/ICT-related education and careers.
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner in charge of Digital and Economy is committed to supporting this issue and taking forward plans and actions to promote women in the digital sector. Commissioner Gabriel presented the special prize to a project that promotes digital skills for women and girls at the Digital Skills Awards 2017
Currently, the Commission celebrates Girls in ICT Day on 26 april every year with various actions that motivate young girls to be interested in ICT. The Commission also participates in the EU Prize for Women Innovators. Read more about the winners of the 2017 prize.