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Number of Women Entering IT Continues to Decline, Says BCS Report

A chart depicting the trends of men and women entering the U.K. IT sector.

A new study has found that girls perform at a higher level than boys in U.K. computing and ICT studies at A-level.

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Girls in the United Kingdom (U.K.) who are studying computing and information and communications technology (ICT) at A-level are performing at a higher level than boys, according to the Women in IT Scorecard from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, and e-skills UK, that nation's Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.

Moreover, the proportion of self-employed female IT specialists in the U.K. has doubled over the past decade.

Still, the number of women entering the industry continues to decline. Last year, women accounted for less than 16 percent of the U.K.'s 1.13 million IT specialists, which is slightly below the norm in European Union countries; females also made up just 6.5 percent of computing and ICT A-level students.

The report also says the average gross weekly pay of female IT specialists was 16 percent less than for men in the same roles.

"This joint report provides the evidence that we need to face the problem head-on, and to develop hard-hitting and effective interventions to solve it," says Karen Price, CEO of e-skills UK.

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