Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th May 2012 19:25 UTC
In the News This topic comes up quite a lot on technology websites, but I generally try to steer clear from it as much as possible, since I'm not the one to talk about it (you know, with me being a man and all that), however, I feel it might be a good idea to just get my opinion out there and be done with it. The topic of women in IT is a hot-button issue, so let me just go out guns blazing: assuming women need special treatment, help, protection, and affirmative action is just as insulting and degrading as outright claiming women have no place in IT - maybe even more so.
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1, there are many reasons why certain groups may be under represented, especially in government work where it is often necessary to have security clearances which are much harder if not impossible to obtain depending where you were from.

There are also cultural differences which the employer has no control of, for instance in some cultures it is extremely uncommon for women to work, and there are plenty of immigrants who haven't learned the native language (or haven't learned it very well) of the country they moved to, putting them at a severe disadvantage.

4, Transferrable skills is a good thing, there are lots of people (especially in the IT field) who have exceptionally good skills, but no official paperwork to back them up...

Aiming to match the ethnic and gender profile of the local population is simply not viable at all unless your business is extremely diverse. There are many reasons why particular groups may not want to work at all, or may not want to work in your field of business.

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