Finding young women to fill tech jobs continues to be a problem for the German information technology (IT) industry, according to a new study from German technology and telecoms association Bitkom and research firm Forsa. Women accounted for 9 percent of the 40,500 trainees in the sector in 2009, down from 14 percent in 2001. Meanwhile, just 15 percent of students pursuing computer science studies at universities last year were women.
The IT industry still has to contend with negative perceptions, such as those about the workload and opportunities for advancement, says Bitkom's August-Wilhem Scheer. "Many preconceptions can be easily corrected," Scheer says. "The image of the lonely programmer who spends his nights in a basement and cannot find a partner is really dated."
The industry continues to hold Girls' Days to get more young women interested in IT and communication technology, and companies have begun to implement their own programs for attracting female employees.
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