EU: more men trained in ICT are hired than women

The proportion of men with an IT background compared to women remained significantly higher in 2021, the European Statistical Office has revealed.

According to Eurostat, there were 2.79 million people employed in this industry in 2021, 3.3% more than the previous year. Of this total, 2.35 million, or 84.1%, were men. The share of employed men with such training has steadily increased, 1.3% more than in 2020, when 2.20 million such people were employed, reports

On the other hand, the number of female IT graduates working in their field of study continues to decline. Eurostat data shows that in 2021, women accounted for 15.9%, representing 442,800 employees engaged in ICT. In 2020, women made up 17.2% of the ICT workforce, or 463,800 employees.

The gender employment gap has widened, particularly in some European countries such as the Czech Republic, Slovenia and France, where men accounted for 92.6%, 90.8% and 89.7 respectively. % of workforce with such training. .

The list of exceptionally higher employment rates for men in this industry is completed with Belgium and Poland, where men represent 89.2 percent and 89.1 percent of the total workforce.

On the other hand, women made up a quarter of employed people with ICT training in some of the EU countries with the lowest GDP per capita; Bulgaria (36.6%), Greece (29.4%), Denmark (28%), Romania (27.2%) and Cyprus (26.9%).

Eurostat findings further reveal that the majority of employed people are young; around two-thirds, or 67.5%, of those employed were between 15 and 34 years old in 2021, and 32.5% were between 35 and 74 years old.

People aged 15-34 accounted for the majority of employed ICT-educated people in almost all EU countries, with the highest rates recorded in Slovakia (82.4%), Croatia (82.2 %), in Romania (78.8%), in Portugal. (77.7%) and Czechia (76.9%). Finland is an exception, with 49.5 per cent of young people employed in industry.

Consequently, Finland was the country with the most people aged 35-74 with ICT education in the EU, as 50.5% of the workforce belonged to this age group, followed by Luxembourg (45.2%), Spain (40.5%). Sweden (39.7%) and Austria (39.5%).

Helen D. Jessen