Are Women The Future of IT Management?

They’ve long been a minority group in the male dominated world of computer science and information technology but is it time women recognised the wealth of opportunities a career in information technology management can offer?

Women comprise 46.2 per cent of the Australian workforce, according to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, but make up less than a third of the country’s IT workforce.

A diversity report prepared by Davidson Technology and LinkedIn last year found men comprised 69 per cent of the local IT sector and women just 31 per cent.

Across the world, companies have made a concerted push to up their female, high tech headcount in recent times. A 2015 survey of 900 CIOs across eight countries by IT recruiter Robert Half found 65 per cent of Australian organisations had begun hiring more women in IT roles over the previous five years.

It’s a similar story in the UK and Singapore, where 52 and 49 per cent of CIOs respectively reported taking on more female talent during the same period.

Robert Half noted a growing number of women were being placed in IT project management positions or into stepping stone roles, such as project coordinators, schedulers and business analysts.

So, while women are still underrepresented in senior IT management roles, the gap is beginning to narrow, as more women start to aim for, and achieve, a spot at the top.

Research suggests they’ve got the goods to make a decent go of it.

A recent study by Zenger and Folkman showed that while men dominated senior management roles, women surpassed them in critical leadership functions, including in the IT sphere.

Those findings are consistent with other studies which indicate women often make better decisions, are better communicators and are better at activating passion in their teams.

Opportunities opening

High tech recruitment giant Hays expects opportunities for women to step up to the IT project management plate will continue to increase for the rest of the decade.

Its most recent Information and Technology report notes that achieving workplace equality is a major focus in the IT sector, which means more openings for motivated and well credentialed women.

Undertaking postgraduate study can help women position themselves to embrace project management roles in the high tech sector as they arise, both at home and abroad.

If you’d like to augment your skill set with a formal qualification, postgraduate study in information technology management could be the key to fast tracking your skills on your own terms.

With multiple intakes each year and flexible study schedules that allow you to pace or accelerate the learning process to suit work and personal commitments, the Southern Cross University Online Master of IT Management can provide a deep understanding of project planning and methodologies.

It teaches the skills you need to make complex, strategic decisions with confidence and oversee and execute IT projects which meet business objectives.

Like to learn more about how an online postgraduate course in information technology management at SCU could enhance your technical and leadership skills?

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