UK Firms Face Cloud Skills Gender Gap
March 29, 2017
in the UK are suffering from a cloud skills gender gap that could harm
their business as firms transform to meet the demands of a digital
world, research by Microsoft has found.
The survey of technical and IT leaders – entitled Microsoft Cloud Skills
Report: Closing the Cloud Skills Chasm – found that, on average, the
gender mix among their teams was 80% male and 20% female. However, 35%
said they didn’t plan to change this imbalance.
A fifth of firms that employ between 250 and 999 staff have no female IT
The worryingly low numbers of women in IT roles sat alongside figures
from the same survey that revealed a high number of technical leaders
believed cloud computing skills would be critical to their organisation.
However, most said people with these skills were not easy to find.
to the Hays Global Skills Index, last year marked the fifth consecutive
year of a rising UK skills shortage, particularly in the technical
engineering and specialist technology roles into which cloud skills
fall,” Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK Chief Executive, told the Microsoft Tech
Summit in Birmingham on Monday.
“Central to any overhaul has to be a focus on women. Missing out on
diverse and female talent is certainly a well-known problem facing our
industry but it is only exacerbated when we are already facing a labour
shortage – and one that may be about to get worse if Brexit brings
limits to immigration.
“Companies need to develop plans to bring more women into the IT
workforce so they can take advantage of these benefits. It is important
for the future IT skill base of the country that this becomes the new
normal. The need for change is clear.”
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