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first_img 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.last_img read more

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