Bratislava, November 17 (TASR) – Two million IT professionals will miss the European Union for two years. This is despite the fact that this area is one of the best in the job market rankings, including Slovakia. According to the statistical office of the Slovak Republic, the average monthly salary in the field of information and communications technology (ICT) was 1714 euro per year. In total, 57,000 IT professionals worked in this field.
"Still less than 40,000 in 2010. The number of people in the ICT sector is growing, but market demands are growing as more areas of our lives are infected, so Slovakia has a lack of IT professionals," he said. Said Lenka Buchláková, an analyst of Slovenská sporiteňaa. In the IT sector there has also been growth in Slovakia in recent years. Since 2010, sales have increased by 37.5 percent to 6.3 billion euros in 2017.
IT professionals of men are still much more than women. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) states that within one of its member states, only one in 200 girls aged 15 is interested in working in IT, with one in 20 children. At the same time, as many boys as girls expect to be engineers, scientists or architects.
According to the analyst, despite the fact that higher education per year ends more women than men in OECD countries, only 24% of engineering graduates and 25% of IT graduates are women. According to data from Eurostat's European Statistics Office, the share of women in IT has fallen within the EU over the last 10 years. While their share in the IT sector was 22.5% in 2010, they were slightly more than 17% in 2017.
This trend is not limited to IT employees but also to the business sector. Only 10% of the innovative start-ups that want to invest in venture capital are women. At the same time, they receive 23% less money than those created by men.
"If more people, including women, can be attracted to the IT sector, economic growth in the EU will increase, with more than 1.2 million jobs created in 2050. GDP could rise by 820 billion euros, The analyst added.
Source: Teraz.sk, news portal of TASR