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Parity urges Women to move into IT


Parity’s recent research into ‘The Changing IT Worker Profile’ shows firms are less reliant on IT operational and programming staff with greater emphasis on obtaining and retaining project and programme management (http://www.parity/training/projectmanagement ) and business analyst skills.

Parity ( ) believes that companies are missing a chromosome with the lack of women moving into IT. This is supported by the fact that some 84% of candidates working through Parity are male. David Plummer, Managing Director, Parity Resources says, “Companies need to do more to attract, recruit and retain staff, particularly women in IT. We have seen an increase in salaries for roles with business skills compared with those IT operations roles, due to demand.”

A survey published by IT suppliers’ body Intellect reveals that 49% of women feel they are unequal in the pay stakes. Parity believes that more needs to be done to attract and retain women into IT and is advising organisations on how they can recruit and retain top talent and motivate women to strive for higher status within IT by offering a structured Training Career and Work-Life Balance Programme.

“Creating a culture within an organisation that encourages flexible working is crucial to attracting and retaining talent in the industry,” continues Plummer. “With the continuous evolution of technologies, it is also crucial that companies offer a structured Training programme for staff, this is a key factor to retaining employees in IT.”

Claire O’Sullivan, who is currently on assignment through Parity comments, “I chose a career in IT after leaving school and have not looked back. IT contracting is the ideal choice for me. It is nice to have the flexibility that contracting offers in terms of choosing who I work for and where I am located. Contracting also gives me the experience to work on different technologies and I find that, compared to permanent roles, I am more in at the deep-end and I am given the opportunity to work on the latest technologies. I would advise women to seriously consider IT as a career.”

Notes to Editors

Parity Resources ( ) is a leading recruitment specialist with over 30 years experience, providing permanent and contract IT staff, interim staff and managed recruitment services ( ) across all markets.

Parity is at the forefront of providing innovative, flexible and cost effective permanent recruitment solutions.

Parity Resources is part of the Parity Group plc, which specialise in:-

- Permanent and temporary IT staff
- Business process consultancy
- Management and technology training
- Development and management of complex IT systems
- Oracle and Microsoft technology and application skills

Customers across the Group include Alcatel, Allianz, AT&T, AXA, British American Tobacco, CISCO, Department for Education & Skills, Department of Trade & Industry, Department of Constitutional Affairs, Department of Health, Department for Work & Pensions, Glaxo Smith Kline, HBOS, Hewlett Packard, HM Revenue & Customs, HSBC, IBM, ICI, Ministry of Defence, NASA, Connecting for Health at the NHS, O2, Perot Systems, Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal Mail, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, The Cabinet Office, The Meteorological Office and T-Systems.
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