Young women concerned over tech capabilities

A new survey has revealed that 37 per cent of young women are confident they have the tech skills needed by today's employers, compared with 57 per cent of young men.

The poll, conducted by KPMG and independent market research company High Fliers, represents a worrying crisis in confidence among young women with regards to their digital skills, which could lead to young women being put off applying for jobs.

Conversely, the female respondents scored evenly with their male counterparts when assessed on digital skills such as data manipulation and use of social media.

Aidan Brennan, KPMG’s head of digital transformation, said: “The issue here isn’t around competency – far from it – but rather how businesses understand the underlying capability of an individual and how to unlock it. I think this research highlights the work that needs to be done to show the next generation that when it comes to a career in tech, gender isn’t part of the equation.

“Competition for jobs is tough, and we know that female job seekers can be less likely to apply for a role than their male counterparts if they don’t feel they already possess every pre-requisite the job demands. Businesses committed to building a truly diverse workforce need to adapt their recruitment processes to reflect this, and ensure they don’t fall into the trap of listening only to those who shout about their capability loudest.”

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