13 Dec 2013

Shortage of women in IT

9:48 am on 13 December 2013

A technology industry group is trying to encourage more women to work in the sector.

A recent survey of information and communications technology (ICT) companies found they would be hiring thousands of staff in the coming years, but very few applications are from women.

The Technology Industry Association surveyed 27 companies which combined, will be hiring 2500 staff in the next three years.

Half of respondents reported between zero and 10% of job applications are from women.

Technology Industry Association chief executive Candace Kinser says there is a shortfall of about 10,000 people in the industry.

She has started a group, Women Tech Execs, with female executives to encourage more women to consider ICT as a career path.

The group also plans to lobby the Government to look at how technology can be better taught in schools.