Women in ICT sector

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Proportion of women among ICT specialists in employment, 2017


Over 1.3 million people were enrolled in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the European Union (EU) in 2016. Females were largely in a minority, accounting for only one in six ICT students (16.7%).

Across the EU Member States, the share of female students ranged from less than one tenth in the Netherlands (6%), Belgium (8%) and Luxembourg (almost 10%) to over a quarter in Bulgaria (33%), Romania (31%), Greece and Sweden (both 29%) as well as Cyprus (26%).


A similar pattern could be observed on the labour market. 8.4 million people were employed in the EU as ICT specialists last year. The figures show that the profession was predominately male as females also represented only 17.2% (1.4 million) of all ICT specialists employed in the EU.

Across the EU Member States, women accounted for less than 10% of ICT specialists in Hungary (8.9%) and the Czech Republic (9.3%), while about one ICT specialist out of four was a woman in Bulgaria (26.5%), Romania and Lithuania (both 25.7%).

source: Eurostat

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