Women to the tail of enrollment in ICT careers

What career study? What future to choose? In front of the students there are many paths to follow and very different between them. However, it seems that some paths still seem closed to some sectors of society such as women, who continue to be underrepresented in some itineraries as explained in the latest OECD report.

Some data that confirm a certain gender bias in careers universities related to the technological world, in which women occupy a small percentage. In other itineraries, the trend is the opposite. A trend that not only happens within Spain, but is a common feature in all countries that participate in the development of this study.


Different percentages

As has been said, in Spain those careers related to ICT have a low volume of female students. The percentage of this genre remains at 12%, a number close to the OECD average, which stands at the 19%. Which means that this type of itinerary is still seen as something reserved for the male gender.

On the contrary, in other careers related to well-being and health, the percentage of women is greater than that of men, standing at 72%, a figure lower than the OECD average which stands at 75%. Higher education-related studies also find a greater presence female with 79%, one point more than the average.


You have to go to careers like Law and Business to find balanced percentages. In these itineraries, the female gender represents 55% of enrollment, a trend that educational agents point out that must be achieved in other areas.

"The Spanish public authorities aim to reduce the gender gap through guidance and information services that ensure equal opportunities for men and women when choosing a study area ", they explain in this report.

Decline in Vocational Training

In this OECD report, too has been attended the other possible education in the younger generations. It is interesting at this point to attend vocational training since adults between 25 and 34 years who follow this itinerary of higher degree have an employment rate of 74%, higher than that of those with a general qualification, 63%. However, Spain has one of the lowest rates of enrollment in FP of the OECD, 12% compared to 26% on average.


Another fact that stands out is that one third of young people in this country, between 25 and 34 years, has not completed secondary education. Data that almost double the OECD average: 16%.

Damián Montero

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