Worse than that, that percentage has only risen by two percent over the last five years.
We’re lagging behind Spain (18%), Italy (20%) and Sweden (26%), the survey shows.
Scott Fletcher, chairman and founder of cloud company ANS Group, said: “We need to increase the flow of young talent into tech and engineering industries and attracting more women is an obvious answer. Currently a large proportion of female Stem graduates (science, technical, engineering and mathematics) are choosing careers in other industries.”
And there’s even worse news because a report from the Institute of Physics earlier this showed half of all the co-educational schools in the UK hadn’t entered a single female student to sit A level physics.
“It seems that Britain’s schools have pigeon holed physics as a ‘boys’ subject which is a notion that needs to be eradicated immediately,” he said. “The IT industry is obviously fluid and businesses need to re-invent themselves every few years. There is no sitting back on past glories in our industry and young talent is the essential fuel for that re-invention.”
Fletcher said the ANS Group has formed a “Cloud Academy” providing training for 60 apprentices a year. The firm is based in Manchester.