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Skills Development Scotland announces the findings on Ada Lovelace Day – but adds more still has to be done to continue to promote gender equality.

New research has revealed the number of females joining the technology sector has risen by more than a third recently, but more has to be done to continue to promote gender equality according to Skills Development Scotland (SDS).

Analysis of the most recent ONS Annual Population Survey shows the number of women in tech has risen from 18 per cent to 23.4 per cent in the last two years, and has more than doubled in the last eight – rising from 10,300 in 2010 to 24,000 in 2018.

SDS announced the findings on Ada Lovelace Day, a global celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), which is named after the woman acknowledged as being the world’s first computer programmer.

Claire Gillespie, sector manager for digital technologies at SDS, said the results show what partnership working can really achieve. “Industry, government, educationalists and charity organisations have all been working together to try and address the gender imbalance, and our concerted efforts are starting bear digital fruit,” she said.

Mentoring in schools; the introduction of digital skills into broader subjects such as languages, art and music; the creation of best practice guides and tool kits for employers, and a real focus by colleges and universities to address the gender gap were all cited as reasons for the positive trend by SDS.

However, Gillespie believes much more still needs to be done. She added: “Complacency will be the enemy of progress.

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