Comments are closed. The DTI’s backing for a new working group to look into ways to boost thenumber of women in IT is welcome. The knowledge economy is one of thebuzz-phrases of our time and when people talk about knowledge workers, theyusually mean IT workers. Leaving aside the current downturn, the consensus is that organisations willcontinue to experience a shortfall of available talent to fill those knowledgeworker roles. So it clearly makes business sense to select staff from as wide agroup as possible. It is surprising then to find that the number of women IT staff has actuallybeen falling. This is despite the fact IT firms are the most likely to betechnologically equipped to encourage flexible and remote working and so enablewomen to fit their working lives around childcare responsibilities – althoughthis is not to say that, in the 21st century, those responsibilities should beleft to women. In fact, some of the biggest IT firms have pioneered approaches which oughtto make the industry more attractive to anybody who requires flexible hours. This suggests that there is something off-putting about the image of acareer in IT for many young women. In an age where employers are increasinglypreoccupied with the employer brand as a recruitment and retention strategy,the IT industry needs to ask itself some serious questions about why it appearsso unattractive to many young women choosing their future careers. The new Champions Group should play a big part in this. And the decision toinclude senior HR professionals in the party reflects the growing recognitionthat HR has unique experience and expertise in recruitment and retention. Letus hope this means the Government is finally catching on to the importance ofHR in building the talent needed for tomorrow’s organisations. By Noel O’Reilly Previous Article Next Article Effort to get women in IT careers is welcomeOn 22 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
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The Gunners go into the weekend tied at the top of the table with Man City and Liverpool so Arsene Wenger’s side will have a chance to take the out-right when they travel to the Stadium of Light.Sunderland will be hoping that their mid-week travel difficulties won’t hamper their efforts to get off the foot of the table.The Black Cats’ squad was delayed from returning home after their League Cup loss to Southampton on Wednesday. But manager David Moyes says it’s not a big deal.Kick-off at the Stadium of Light is at half-past twelve.In the 3 o’clock matches Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be hoping that his side’s mid-week win over Man City will help improve their league form as they play host to Burnley at Old Trafford.But Man City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to recall his first-choice players after they were rested for that League Cup tie – the league leaders are away to West Brom today.Middlesbrough host Bournemouth, Tottenham take-on Leicester City and Hull travel to Watford.The late kick-off will see Liverpool make the trip to face Crystal Palace in a half-past five start.