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I’m Nadira Hussain, Socitm (The representative body for Digital & Technology in Local Public Service) President 15/16. Socitm is for the benefit of all those who use Digital & IT to deliver services for the public benefit. I am championing the ‘Women in IT’ initiative for my term in office.
Women in IT/digital/tech roles
As we all know very well, the representation of women in digital or IT/tech related roles and careers across the board, is disappointingly low. Despite some considerable effort being made more recently across sectors, the position continues to remain quite static! It is commonplace to hear about poor numbers relating to the percentage of women that make-up the IT/digital functions of companies and organisations; predominantly around the 12-16% mark (ref Lord Davies report and the McKinsey report Women Matter). The same is true of the public sector; we continue to struggle to attract women to the tech roles in the sector (at all levels, even as apprenticeships), are not able to retain women once they secure a job, nor can we see their progression to more senior positions within the sector once they are recruited. That cant be right….!