It was recently reported that the number of women applying to IT courses has increased by 82% and of 10% for computer science roles over the last decade in the UK.
Indeed, the tech industry has witnessed a growing interest from women while the number of male applicants has only risen by 2% since 2019. The report from UCAS and Cheeky Munkey showed that the IT industry became the third-fastest growing sector for job growth in the UK between July and September 2021, with 71% of women finding a job in tech during this period.
As the UK is seeing an overall growing surge in applicants studying to enter the tech industry, there is a significant rise in women taking data and artificial intelligence courses as well as software engineering courses. Yet, these numbers remain quite low, with women only representing 21% and 14% in these respective courses.
Hence, there is still a lot to do to encourage women into tech careers, especially as 2021 only had 17% of applicants being women. The UK could benefit greatly from having different perspectives and experiences within its workforce.