Data on Women in ICT

The importance of monitoring your IT workforce cannot be understated. Without a clear understanding of how many women are working in IT Professional roles in your organisation or your country, you cannot see where opportunities are being missed to encourage more women and girls to fill the gaps in the technology workforce.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. It works with the European Statistical System (ESS) to obtain comparable statistics at EU level. The ESS is a partnership between Eurostat, the different National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) and other national authorities responsible for the development, production and dissemination of European statistics. It includes countries from the European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association. A complete list of the NSIs and other national authorities designated by Member States is available here.

Since 2005, Eurostat gathers statistics on ICT specialists in employment in Europe. ICT specialists are defined as those who "have the ability to develop, operate and maintain ICT systems and for whom ICTs constitute the main part of their job". These statistics are available here.

According to Eurostat, in 2006, the number of women ICT specialists in employment in the EU28 was 1,326,000. In 2015, it was 1,247,200. In terms of percentage, the proportion of women ICT specialists in employment in the EU28 fell from 22.5% in 2006 to just 16.1% in 2015.

In the UK, the BCS has monitored the numbers of women in the IT workforce, the numbers of women taking undergraduate studies in IT and ICT at University, and the number of girls taking IT qualifications in their teenage years. The BCS also monitors the number of women at senior levels in the IT professions. In this way, initiatives can be built and undertaken which encourage participation at all levels. Download the 2016 Women in IT Scorecard here.

EURACTIV have produced the comprehensive infographic below that illustrates the underrepresentation of women in the European technology industry. It reiterates the European Commission's assertion that European GDP could be boosted by as much as €9 billion a year if more women worked in the tech sector.

EurActiv Infographic