One of the greatest frustrations for those of us who have had leadership roles in the ICT profession is the under-representation of females amongst IT workers. In the UK and the USA the percentage of IT professionals who are female has stubbornly stuck just below 20% for decades. This under-representation does us all a disservice: much computing / IT work is cerebral, it does not require the IT worker to be physically strong, much of it doesn’t even require the IT worker to even possess a pair of legs (although arms & hands are still useful for typing) – the primary asset of the successful IT worker is to have a reasonably logical brain and the determination to use it. As I have written before in other places, the IT profession is ideally suited to ‘wimmin’, and we need more of them.
Not least because, let’s be honest, from a bloke-ish point of view they brighten up the workplace. Of course I’m not supposed to say that, but it’s true, so why and how does the IT profession so effectively exclude women? I wish I knew the answer, but even my good friends over at BCS Women haven’t cracked that problem, and not for want of trying. It’s daft, pretty much every major western nation claims to have a shortage of IT talent, and yet with approximately 50% of humans being more or less female, fewer than 20% of IT workers are female – irrespective of whether they have great legs or no legs at all.
Anyway, It seems that excluding women is a characteristic not exclusive to the IT profession, computers do it too. Online megalith Amazon attempted to create a self-learning Artificial Intelligence tool to evaluate the CV’s of job applicants, and hey, guess what? Despite the best efforts of Amazon’s extremely clever programmers their AI CV screening tool went all sexist on them – oops https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45809919.
Here at Miracles ICT we do not discriminate against women in IT. If you’re female and want to be taken seriously as an IT candidate then get in touch – we’ll do all we can to help.