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Female IT professionals face lack of advancement

It’s well known that there is a gender imbalance in the IT community and therefore probably no great surprise that a lack of advancement is prime among the reasons they’re suffering.

In a new study from online learning specialist Pluralsight and Women Who Code, women in IT mentioned a lack of female role models, a lack of confidence in asking for a raise and a lack of flexible working as distinct blockages to their career advancement.

“It’s imperative that the industry as a whole become a more welcoming and inclusive place for women who have been drastically underrepresented to date. Providing women with every available opportunity and resource to succeed is crucial – both for their wellbeing, and for the stability of the economy,” said Alaina Percival, CEO of Women Who Code in a statement.

“We commissioned this study to help shed light on what obstacles women working in technical roles are currently facing in the workplace,” said Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight. “Having more women in tech has been shown to create better business results. It’s our job as an industry to create an environment in which women have access to female role models, mentors and more opportunities for advancement.”

The data was drawn from questioning 500 women.

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