Women could solve IT worker shortage

But girls are opting out of math, science in Grade 7 and 8
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/16/2008

Women hold only 25 per cent of IT jobs in Canada and just 11 per cent of engineering roles, according to statistics from the Ottawa-based Information and Communication Technology Council, Canada’s IT human resources council.

When Microsoft Canada looked into why so few women are pursuing careers in science and technology, the Canadian arm of the software giant found girls in Grade 7 and 8 were turning away from math and science courses.

With an expected shortage of 89,000 IT jobs in the next three to five years, the tech industry needs to find a way to convince girls to keep all their options open, said Shann McGrail, business director at Microsoft Canada in Mississauga, Ont.