Australia leading the way for women in IT

08 March 2016

On International Women’s Day, independent research from specialist recruiter Robert Half reveals that Australian firms are leading the way in recruiting more women into the IT sector.

According to Robert Half’s survey about women in IT carried out among 900 Chief Technology Officers and Chief Information Officers (CTOs/CIOs), almost two thirds (65%) of Australian companies have increased the number of female professionals into technology roles over the past five years, compared to an average of 44% across Australia, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

The growth of female IT professionals in Australia seems to be higher in medium companies (76%) than in small (62%) and large (58%) companies.

Nicole Gorton, Director at Robert Half Asia Pacific said: “Technology advancements are driving business change and innovation across multiple sectors, creating additional IT jobs, including roles offering greater career development and leadership opportunities. No longer a male dominated sector, the industry is seeing a much more ambitious calibre of female candidates in new and exciting IT roles.”

Australian CIOs say the key ways to develop female technology leaders is driven by mentoring programs (33%), greater enrolment in technology education (26%) and government initiatives (23%).

Nicole Gorton said: “While it’s a bright outlook for Australian women looking to build a career in technology, there is still a lack of female leaders in senior management and more needs to be done to continue boosting the number of women in leadership roles.” 

“Nurturing this early interest through education and through mentoring programs will assist women to identify opportunities in the technology sector and create pathways to future leadership roles,” Nicole Gorton concluded.

In the last 5 years, has the prevalence of female technology professionals and leaders in your business increased, decreased or stayed the same?

Source: independent survey commissioned by Robert Half among 900 CIOs/CTOs in Australia, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.


About the research
The annual study is developed by Robert Half and conducted by an independent research firm, surveying 900 CIOs/CTOs in Australia (100), France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. This survey is part of the international workplace survey, a questionnaire about job trends, talent management and trends in the workplace. 

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