ICTC Labour Market Report: women occupy 1 out of 4 ICT jobs in Canada

The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a not-for-profit national centre of expertise, released in 2015 a Labour Market Outlook regarding the outlook of the Canadian workforce in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for the period of 2015-2019.

According to the report, in the next coming years the ICT work market should see an increase of demand for talent, and at the same time face difficulties to encounter skilled ICT workers.
The ICTC report discussed the gender imbalance in the ICT field, and the under-representation of women among ICT workers.
Mostly male-dominated, ICT professions are occupied 3 out of 4 times by men, and only 1 time by women.

The market report also points out the importance of actions to meet the ICT work market demands, such as “attracting and building the talent supply from an early age”, and “approaches to engage all available talent”.

The report states that “a gender-bias in STEM education and employment is widely known and thus there are few visible role models for young women. Concerted, cooperative promotion and outreach efforts are needed to counter the perceptions that there are fewer opportunities in STEM and ICT and that the careers are not stimulating. This is not an easy task and requires the industry to take an active role in communicating career paths more effectively. An outreach campaign is critical to reducing the negative perceptions that have become associated with careers in the ICT sector.”

For more details about the ICTC Labour Market Outlook, visit the ICTC website or acces the full report.

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