The number of US women in Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions has decreased since 2010, according to a survey (PDF) released by Harvey Nash USA this week. In 2010, 12 percent of CIOs were women. That number dropped to 11 percent in 2011 and is down to 9 percent this year.
The report finds that one third of US CIOs say that within their IT organizations there are no women in management level positions. 52% of US CIOs report that women are underrepresented in their IT organizations, according to the survey.
Senior Vice President of International Technology Solutions at Harvey Nash USA, Anna Frazzetto, said that the numbers reflect that “less and less women are attracted into that space so you wind up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s not a very welcoming arena to be in.” She also said that “the skills shortage is the biggest it’s ever been, and it’s going to cause companies to get a little more creative in shifting the culture of organizations.”
Reuters 5/14/12; Business Wire 5/14/12; Harvey Nash USA/ Telecity Group Survey 5/12