There is a need to break down stereotypes in the ICT sector

The IVSZ #femintech – Make it visible! survey According to the Commission, the employment of women in the ICT industry is moving in a positive direction, but further development and an increase in the proportion of women require a change of attitude, openness and an increase in the number of women participating in IT training.

2019 in the European for 55% of companies filling their vacant IT positions was a problem. According to company managers, the lack of applicants, the inadequate level of expertise and experience, and the high salary requirements made recruitment difficult and / or unsuccessful.

Issued by IVSZ, ITM and KIFÜ in early 2021 labor market survey According to the opinion, the domestic output of specialists does not follow the growth of the labor demand, so within two years, by the end of 2023, the employment potential may reach 44 thousand. In the EU, approx. 8.4 million ICT professionals are present in the labor market and have an average of only approx. 18,5%their woman. Increasing the number of women in the ICT sector could be a significant reserve for the labor market and, in the long run, a reduction in the gender pay gap.

The above international trends and the domestic situation justified it an extensive survey conducted by IVSZwhich aims to get the fullest possible picture on the situation of women in the ICT sector, from both the employer and employee side. Another goal is to create projects and programs in response to the well-mapped situation that can really support women and their employers in the ICT sector.

Companies responding to the questions employ less than 20% of women in line with general domestic conditions. They typically work in the back office, finance, HR, marketing, sales, where they become leaders, but the proportion of women is rising from ICT to business. The low rate is far from a reluctance on the part of companies to hire women: despite wanting to recruit them, there are not enough candidates in the labor market, the number one reason for which is the low number of women in higher education.

The survey also looked at the attitudes of female workers towards the barriers they perceive in their careers. 35% of respondents identified stereotypes as a deterrent, which, however, do not appear primarily within the industry but in their social environment (client side, education, family and friends). Among the responses, there is a strong emphasis on favoring family life, which is also linked to the assumption that ICT companies are not flexible enough with regard to part-time employment. However, the survey also found that companies are becoming more open in this area as well.

The research also examined the extent to which the sector is open to the employment of women workers by women workers and ICT companies. Based on the responses, the two sides have different interpretations of the concept of openness: companies often identify this with employment itself, while employees say openness is much more than that (corporate culture, psychological security) and it is not enough for an organization leader to be open. , the whole organization must be that, as the female employee also has experience and judgment of the company as a whole.

The survey showed that although a positive process has begun in recent years, the employment of women is still an important and relevant issue, both inside and outside the ICT sector. The problem is complex and requires a multilateral change of approach. On the one hand, it is key for companies to understand the importance and benefits of diversity for the organization, the needs of the different target groups they employ, and to shape their employment practices accordingly. Companies need to make psychological safety part of the organizational culture and support the employment of women in a fundamentally male-dominated team. On the other hand, a kind of change of attitude is also needed on the part of women, so that they can trust themselves and their professional skills, do not believe in stereotypes, dare to cut into IT careers.

The questionnaire for female employees also covered what motivates them best to be in the IT sector. Respondents under the age of 30 mentioned high income as a top motivator, those between the ages of 30 and 40 consider development and telecommuting opportunities important, while those over 40 put learning about new technologies in the first place.

“I am proud that IVSZ has conducted a comprehensive survey on the situation of women in the ICT sector for the first time in Hungary. We want to get to know the women who have chosen this profession, to find out what their successes and difficulties are during their careers. In response to research in the near future, we will encourage projects and programs that support women and their employers in the ICT sector. ”

he said Krisztina TajthySecretary – General of the IVSZ.

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