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UK businesses report increase
In female IT pros over past five years

More than half (52%) of UK businesses have increased the number of females working in IT roles over the past five years, according to research from Robert Half Technology.

The research revealed CIOs have put the growth down to mentoring programs (34%), greater enrollment in technology education (28%), and government initiatives (17%).

The 2014 UK CIO 100 report revealed one in seven CIOs are currently women, with the top three listed as Financial Times CIO Christina Scott, Royal Mail Group CIO Catherine Doran, and Durham University CIO Carolyn Brown.

In addition, 14% of CIOs said the most effective initiative in developing senior female IT professionals is through showcasing the current successful female leaders.

Larger companies reported a bigger increase in female IT workers, with 67% reporting a rise. A total of 52% of medium-sized businesses and 38% of small businesses reported growth.

More than half (59%) of private and publicly listed (55%) companies reported an increase, compared to public sector organizations (42%).

According to Robert Half, Technology Associate Director Charlie Grubb ‘Although there is still some way to go before the gender balance is addressed at the most senior level of CIO. The range of measures that businesses and governments are taking to encourage more women into a technology career would appear to be paying off, though it’s interesting to see that mentoring is the number one driver.

According to Robert Half, Technology Associate Director Charlie Grubb

Furthermore, increased spending in IT coupled with the expansion of Tech City and TechNorth will spell greater opportunity for tomorrow’s technology talent.’