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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Where ya' at girlfriend?

The percentage of women in information technology has dropped sharply since 1996, according to a report being released today.

Women held 32.4 percent of IT jobs in 2004, down from 41 percent eight years earlier, despite holding steady in the overall workforce. And the percentages of Latinos and African-Americans in IT jobs still lag far behind their representation in the workforce, according to the report by the Information Technology Association of America.

The report suggests that corporate outreach, government initiatives and other diversity efforts have not made a long-lasting impact. The results come as U.S. companies face increasing competition abroad and an impending talent shortage at home -- with baby boomers edging closer to retirement and student interest in IT continuing to lapse.

``We're certainly concerned that after several years of noting this trend, we see no improvement,'' said Bob Cohen, senior vice president for ITAA. ``If we don't draw from the full talent pool . . . we're really competing with one hand tied behind our back.''

The data is drawn from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, and includes IT jobs in industries ranging from banking to retail.

READ: Women's share of IT jobs plunges

Comments:
Don't take the ITAA seriously. They’re a political lobby that always claims the sky is falling. If they get their way (unlimited H1-b visas) there will be even less opportunity for women in IT.
 
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