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Is the gender divide finally shrinking? 60% of tech jobs filled by women

The tide seems to be turning for women in technology. New data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found that out of the 39,900 jobs created in the American tech industry this year, 60 per cent of those were awarded to women.

This marks the first time that women have represented a majority of new hires in the past decade, and it's a change that has been well received in an industry where women make up less than one third of all employees.

The topic of women in tech has been on people’s lips for years, and many are hailing this new development as a small but promising step forward. Currently, only three per cent of tech startups are headed by women, whilst established companies employ an average of just 12.33 per cent female engineers – despite the fact that women have proved themselves in a variety of arenas, not least the dark world of social engineering.

Equal pay is also a continued debate. For example, in computer and information systems roles, women working full-time earn on average 20 per cent less than their male colleagues.

It’s an issue that White Hat Security CEO Stephanie Fohn told ITProPortal must “be focused on.” Many have cited a shallow pool of female role models and, debatably, a lack of interest in technology, as some of the reasons why women have historically been discouraged from joining the industry.

Still, even though the numbers don’t mean that the technology industry has fully pulled itself from the mire of gender imbalance (the number of women didn’t actually increase, instead the number of men getting hired decreased - so this is more of a ratio shift) it’s a positive start in the right direction.

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