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 STEM/ICT-related careers.
One of the pillars of the Digital Single Market is the e-society where people can manage their lives online, with good infrastructure and the right skills. In order to empower women in the tech sector we specifically support them in three domains : education, entrepreneurship, research & innovation.
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