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CIO 100 more diverse but C-level lags tech sector average

Women made up 13% of the 2015 CIO 100, which was topped by Halfords CIO Anna Barsby and included three women in top 10.

Women made up 13% of the 2015 CIO 100, the highest proportion since its reboot in 2012 but still below the percentage of women working in the technology and IT sector in the UK.

In 2014 only 7% of the CIO 100 were female, while the figures in 2012 and 2013 were both just 5%. Last year Gartner reported a global average of 13.2% – a number which it said had remained static for around a decade – while recruiter Harvey Nash reported a 2014 figure of only 7% in the UK, a decrease from the previous year.

And while Halfords CIO Anna Barsby was placed at the top of a 2015 CIO 100 that showed more gender diversity than previous years – with three women placed in a top 10 which included Financial Times CIO Christina Scott and National Trust CIO Sarah Flannigan – more than 19 in 20 representatives from the CIO 100 are white and the 13% female representation is still less than the 17% of technology professional who are female reported by the Tech Partnership last month.

CIO 100 judge and 2014 CIO Summit panellist Jayne Nickalls said: “While it is good to see an increase in the percentage of women in the CIO 100, 13% is still woefully low and reflects the problems with recruiting women into technology and IT roles – along with the lower percentage of women the higher up you go.

“The industry is missing out due to this; we have hardly made any progress over the last 30 years and may have even gone backwards.”

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Source: CIO Magazine

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