UK women give IT the thumbs-down

2008

There's growing discontent in the British IT workplace, according to an English on-line job placement service, and it's an important bit of news for everyone.

According to a survey from Womenintechnology.co.uk, women are increasingly tired of the IT field in the UK, thanks largely to its significant work/life imbalance.

According to the survey, a resounding 55% of women felt that they enjoyed a semblance of a work/life balance, but almost every respondent added some sort of clause and then indicated some sort of displeasure with their current state.

The greatest concern among the ladies is inflexible working conditions. Indeed, even worse are the promises of flexible working conditions that only end up being met with inflexibility.

It's no secret that many women choose to have careers; it also won't come as a surprise to many to learn that a number of these women may choose to have a family.

This isn't a superficial choice where one should be forced to choose. For men who may feel otherwise, think about how better you are off financially (or that you get by) thanks to that second salary. For men whose wives do not work an office job, remember that there are a lot of women who, like you, are a breadwinner for the household.

It would be an absolute shame to the workforce to start losing women because they feel that they are unable to fully commit to both duties. Can you imagine the talent and brain drain from the current labor force - not to mention the decrease in productivity?

If you've read my posts in the past, you'll certainly know where I stand on work/life balance and how essential it is. Let's not start making women choose between work and family, because the workplace is going to lose every time without ever fully understanding what it is that was lost.