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"How can the government, businesses and institutions encourage women into IT roles?"


Lack of female IT engineers a great loss for Swedish businesses

Mats Alerius and Maria Nelsson
Computer Sweden
5 April 2011

PA’s IT experts Mats Alerius and Maria Nelsson, have outlined the damage that the lack of female IT engineers is having on businesses in Sweden in an article in Computer Sweden.

They outline the changes that are besetting IT departments in Sweden including an increase in multi-sourcing and a move away from the traditional role and engagements required of a leader in the IT space. They argue that women have an important role in enabling these changes and to make them work bringing faster and better IT development to Swedish companies.

However, with women representing only 2 per cent of IT managers in Sweden, and with the proportion of graduating female IT engineers still low, they present a few suggestions on how the government, businesses and institutions can encourage women into these roles.

They argue that:

- The Swedish government should continue to support young women interested in science and technology (Technology Delegation which began in 2009-2010).

- Companies need to think about the audience they are turning to in their IT recruitment, how attractive is the image of IT from a female or male perspective? How can they break old habits?

- Organisations and networks of women have to look at IT as the next sector to "conquer" and spread the word.

You can read the full article in Swedish here.

To read more about how PA is helping companies to change the way they do business in the face of shifting uncertainty and global change or on our work with IT organisations around the world visit our Fit for the Future site here or our IT consulting site here.


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