New figures reveal rise in female digital workers

A report reveals a 165 percent rise in women winning work in the digital sector over the past six months.

More than 48 percent of these jobs were secured in design and programming, with a further 10 percent in database development and nine percent each in web graphics and flash programming.

The highest increase in women moving into the digital sector was in the North with a 1000 percent increase in projects won by women in the last six months, and a 2995 percent increase in earnings, compared with a 72 percent increase in the South.

Women working in the digital sector also gained the highest rating for quality of work, with an average score for female digital workers of five out of five.

These latest figures provide the evidence that women have broken through the digital jobs glass ceiling and are now competing with men on both numbers of workers and on quality of work.

The IT sector had predominately been seen as male dominated, but these figures show that women are easily a match for men in the sector. It also shows that attitudes have changed too. Employers are now more likely to employ a digital worker based on the quality of their work rather than their sex.

The figures today also show that women who have been hit hardest by the recession are becoming more entrepreneurial and gaining new skills to beat the depressed jobs market.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou is a passionate entrepreneur who started his first businesses at 23 years of age fresh out of university offering personal assistance (PA) or concierge services to businesses and time-starved individuals on a ‘per hour basis’. In early 2007, three years later, he started PeoplePerHour.com, essentially a new-generation, online version of the above, allowing ‘virtual assistants’ to register on the site and offer their services directly to businesses who put projects up for tender. Xenios is a graduate of Cambridge University with MA/MEng where he was awarded a mark of Distinction for his Masters dissertation. He has attended multiple executive education programmes at Harvard Business School. He is also a noted speaker on entrepreneurship in numerous forums, events and business schools, including INSEAD business school.