More than 65% of Australian firms surveyed have recruited more women into technology roles during the past five years.
A survey by leading recruiter Robert Half has revealed Australian businesses are increasing the number of women hired into traditionally male-dominated technology roles faster than those in seven other developed economies worldwide.
Robert Half’s Women in IT survey gathered data from 900 Chief Technology Officers and Chief Information Officers (CTOs/CIOs) in Australia, France, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.
According to the survey, 65% of Australian firms have hired more women into technology roles in the past five years, compared to an average of 44% across all eight nations surveyed. Japan and Germany recorded the slowest growth, with 31% and 36% respectively.
Division Manager of Technology at Robert Half, Bansrii Shah, said the survey results match the realities of Australia’s technology sector jobs market, which has seen significant change in recent years.
“The digital economy is transforming every sector, so if you couple your passion in sport, food, retail or any other area, and have the IT skills, you can now combine that with a career in technology,” she said.
“Technology is no longer a male dominated sector and new opportunities, particularly in the innovative, creative digital space, are increasingly seeing women enter this market,” Ms Shah said.
The survey also revealed that Australian medium sized firms are leading the way with 76% of those surveyed increasing their female headcount over the past five years.
“Robert Half is seeing an increased proportion of women being placed in project management, typically as project managers, project coordinators, project schedulers or business analysts,” Ms Shah said.
“To continue growing the representation of women in IT roles, particularly in leadership positions, we need to foster this interest at schools and universities so that they develop the skills and passion for the sector at an early age.
We need to see more mentoring programs that enable the next generation of women to be inspired and to have the right level of guidance to navigate the new opportunities across the technology sector.
“While there is still a disproportionate lack of female leaders in senior management roles across technology, this gap continues to close as women are increasingly building careers across the sector,” Ms Shah concluded.
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