Bubble Jobs found 39 per cent of sign ups in 2015 were female

Job board disputes claims there are less women in tech

Job board Bubble Jobs have countered claims that there are currently less women working in the digital sector.

A report issued last week by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) revealed that 27 per cent of digital workers in the UK were female, but according to Bubble Jobs that statistic is much higher.

Bubble Jobs found that 39 per cent of candidate sign ups to their site in 2015 were female, suggesting a higher interest in the sector than the report states.

In the UKCES report, 27 per cent of employees in the sector are women, down from 33 per cent in 2002.

Amy Edwards, digital marketing manager at Bubble Jobs, said: “The UKCES report was disappointing because – as our statistics prove – the digital sector is a popular option for men and women.

“Every week we see a good mix of candidates applying for jobs across the sector, suggesting that women aren’t fleeing the sector as this new report claims."

When asked to choose their key job area, 23 per cent of the female sign-ups chose web and graphic design, while 16 per cent chose online and digital marketing.

In addition, 28 per cent said they were looking for manager roles and 12 per cent picked senior/director level positions.

Edwards added: "While some candidates may be graduates or at entry level, many are professionals who have worked in the industry for several years, so to say that only a quarter of digital workers are female doesn’t correlate to what we’re seeing.”

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