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How businesses can increase gender equality in IT

Chloe Dobinson | July 11, 2016
How female CIOs are leading the way for change and how organisations can promote gender equality in IT and senior management

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There are more women in leading IT roles than ever before, with CIOs who are female making up 16% of the 2016 CIO 100. 

In the past year there has been a rise of 9% in female members joining the board, according to Gartner. CIO UK takes a look at how women are increasingly influential in the IT executive role and how businesses can increase gender equality in what is traditionally a male domain. 

Developing skills and learning on the go

Women in technology are driving change across different sectors in the enterprise, taking up additional roles as a CIO and gaining an edge in their male counterparts.

Female executives who are working their way up the career ladder include 2014 CIO 100 winner Christina Scott. The former Financial Times CIO was given further responsibilities as the Chief Product and Information Officer. These customer-facing roles have led to a development in IT with the CIO having a better understanding of the customers and the overall product.

Stability to success - Women working their way up the career ladder

Female executives tend to stay with an organisation for a longer employment period, going through the ranks and reaching the C-suite. This is compared to males who rather job-hop to gain higher salaries and responsibility.

Stepping up in the career ladder requires CEO engagement as this helps contribute to a senior role. According to a recent report 52% of the female executives who were surveyed have frequent meetings with the CEO, leading to a better understanding of the business, leadership skills and networking opportunities in becoming a CIO. The skills gained from board meetings have led to women being more successful in getting budget increases. In 2015 female CIOs expect to increase their budget by 2.4% compared to male of 0.8%. 

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There are more women in leading IT roles than ever before, with CIOs who are female making up 16% of the 2016 CIO 100. 

In the past year there has been a rise of 9% in female members joining the board, according to Gartner. CIO UK takes a look at how women are increasingly influential in the IT executive role and how businesses can increase gender equality in what is traditionally a male domain. 

Developing skills and learning on the go

Women in technology are driving change across different sectors in the enterprise, taking up additional roles as a CIO and gaining an edge in their male counterparts.

Female executives who are working their way up the career ladder include 2014 CIO 100 winner Christina Scott. The former Financial Times CIO was given further responsibilities as the Chief Product and Information Officer. These customer-facing roles have led to a development in IT with the CIO having a better understanding of the customers and the overall product.

 

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