By 2010, there will be an estimated shortfall of 300,000 qualified engineers working in Europe's IT sector. At the same time, fewer than one in five computer scientists in Europe are female. In an effort to reverse both of these trends, the European Commission made a concerted effort over the past few years to attract more female professionals to the industry. Now five prominent IT companies, including Microsoft, have vowed to do more to make tech jobs attractive to women and to make better use of their potential in the IT sector.
By signing a Code of Best Practices, the five companies are taking a first step towards making high-tech jobs attractive for girls and getting more women into the European ICT sector. Companies commited to the Code will enrich the ICT sector by making it more female-friendly. The companies are Alcatel-Lucent, IMEC, Orange-France, Microsoft and Motorola, with others expected to follow suit. The code aims to attract school-age girls and female university students to the high-tech sector and to retain women already employed in it.
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