New study claims representation of females in UK IT industry is in decline

Women accounted for just 6.5% of computing A-Level entries in 2013

Women accounted for just 6.5 per cent of those taking computing A-level exams, according to a new study.

The Women in IT scorecard, compiled by the BCS and E-skills UK, shows the percentage number of women in IT has declined during the last decade. In 2013, of the 1,129,000 people working in IT, less than one in six were women.

The reported claimed that the number of females sitting an IT related GCSE in 2013 decreased by three per cent compared to 2012. In fact, females accounted for just 6.5 per cent of those taking computing at A-Level, a decline of 1.5 per cent.

At GCSE level, it stated girls make up just 13 per cent of all entries.

The report suggested that when females do take part in computing subjects at GCSE and A-Level, they “outperform” their male counterparts. It claimed 76.3 per cent of women, compared to 69.2 per cent of men, who took an IT-related GCSE course were awarded A* to C grades.

Overall in STEM subjects, women make up 35 per cent of all entries.

You can read the full report here.

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