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FEMALE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS ON THE RISE IN THE UK

Monday 18th May 2015
In a recent study reported by Computer Weekly it was found that despite females only making up 4% of all UK developers, 19% have less than a years’ experience compared to 3.4% of men. This demonstrates that there is a considerable amount of growth in the development market in terms of females.

With over 26,000 developers across 157 countries took that part in the study, the research found women are less concerned about salary than their male counterparts, but place greater emphasis on work life balance and job title.

The gender gap in technology has been spoke about for years (see our earlier blogs), and whilst the gap is still in place, it will be refreshing to see this growth in the female developer market continue.

WHY IS THE NUMBER OF NEW FEMALE DEVELOPERS INCREASING IN THE UK?

As we mentioned, the gender gap in I.T has been talked about for years and a lot has been discussed in the way of retaining more women in the technology industry and also attract new female computing employees.

THE RISE OF ONLINE CODING COURSES

Online coding courses, clubs and events have been seen as a good way to attract more women in to the sector. The number of these available to prospective coders are increasing by the month, with hundreds already in operation. The research from Computer Weekly found that UK female developers were also less likely to be self-taught and more likely to have participated in an online course of intensive coding training, therefore the rise of these courses will be appealing to the female software market, and could well be a contributor to the rise in female developers in the UK.

GREAT PROSPECTS AND SALARY

The research reported by computer weekly also found that developers we’re paid more than in any other country in Europe and had a higher average salary than most other sectors. Many articles have been published over the last year about how automation could be taking over a lot of jobs across the world and have highlighted how roles in software development and technology will continue to experience growth. As the benefits and popularity of working in the industry continue to be broadcasted – it could in turn be attracting more women in to the industry and also prompt those already in the industry to stick around.

AWARENESS

As the gender gap in I.T is always driving conversation and publicity. Technology companies will be more mindful of this when recruiting for candidates and when trying to attract candidates to their companies. It’s more important than ever to celebrate diversity in the work place and by making more of an effort to attract and retain more female developers this is a perfect way to start for many software companies.

SO, IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE I.T GENDER GAP?

Although the latest figures aren’t drastic, or demonstrate a massive turn around, they could definitely demonstrate the start of things to come in the way of progress being made to close the gender gap.

What are your thoughts, are you noticing a growth in the number of female developers at your work place? Maybe you are a female developer, do you feel considerable progress is being made?

Let us know by tweeting us @amsourcetech.
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