Men dominate northern technology firms

15 March 2017

Manchester Digital MD Katie Gallagher says everybody has to play their part to solve the skills shortage.

Manchester Digital MD Katie Gallagher says everybody has to play their part to solve the skills shortage.

The gender gap in the north’s digital technology sector is continuing to widen, according to the results of Manchester Digital’s annual digital skills audit.

Manchester Digital is the independent trade association for the digital sector in north-west England. In its audit of more than 250 local digital and technology businesses, it found that workforces split 72:28 male to female, compared with 60:40 last year.

The association says the disparity is even more prevalent when it comes to technical roles, where the male to female split is 88:12, up from 70:30 last year.

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IT pros “fail to meet” hiring expectations

15 March 2017

Respondents were asked: "When hiring a new staff member on your IT team, how do you benchmark the skill-level or competency of candidates?" SOURCE: ROBERT HALF]

Respondents were asked: "When hiring a new staff member on your IT team, how do you benchmark the skill-level or competency of candidates?" SOURCE: ROBERT HALF

The skill sets of IT pros in the UK don’t live up to the expectations of CIOs and IT directors, says new research from Robert Half Technology (RHT).

As part of its annual global study, the specialised recruitment consultancy surveyed more than 100 CIOs and IT and technology executives from companies across the UK. It reveals that 74 per cent are frequently faced with IT candidates who are not able to meet the skill level required for the roles they’re applying for.

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Everywoman announces date for third annual forum

10 January 2017

The organisers promise to bring together more than 600 of the brightest business leaders in technology.

The organisers promise to bring together more than 600 of the brightest business leaders in technology.

This year’s Everywoman Forum will take place on 9 February at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Now in it’s third year, the annual event is billed as the UK’s largest technology forum for women.

According to the organisers, it will gather more than 600 of “the brightest business leaders in technology and some of the finest motivators and professionals in female development”.

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Closing the gender gap in cyber security

11 October 2016

CREST president Ian Glover said CREST’s workshop addressed areas that were considered vital when addressing diversity such as education and industry perception, amongst others.

Ian Glover said CREST’s workshop addressed areas that were considered vital when addressing diversity such as education and industry perception, amongst others.

CREST, the not-for-profit accreditation and certification body representing the infosec industry, is calling for more women to become cyber security professionals. 

“Increasing the number of women in cyber security is not simply for diversity’s sake, but for the sake of the industry,” said CREST president Ian Glover.

The organisation has recently released a report outlining the conclusions from its 2016 Diversity Workshop. Citing data from ISC2 ’s latest Global Information Security Workforce Study, the report said that women in the infosec profession represent 10 per cent of the global workforce. 

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