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Technology industry 'needs more women'

Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The lack of female graduates taking degrees in technology-related courses is one of the factors for the lack of women in the industry, according to networking website womenintechnology.co.uk.

Maggie Berry, director of the website, has said that another reason is the fact that women take career breaks and the speed of development in the sector is so fast that getting back into work is hard.

She said that the technology industry is "male-centric" and that there are simply not enough women working in the sector, something which can be changed.

Ms Berry commented: "Not enough girls are necessarily studying computer science at A-level, certainly not at degree level. There are a lot of different factors that go into making it male-centric and we'd love to see that change."

Dr Pat Corr, director of education for the computer science school at Queen's University in Belfast, last month said that some IT companies are pushing ahead with graduate recruitment.

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