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Surveying software and computer services

A recent survey of five EU Member States carried out by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT) indicates that software and computer services is a predominantly male environment, and also suggests that working patterns in this environment are not as flexi...
A recent survey of five EU Member States carried out by the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT) indicates that software and computer services is a predominantly male environment, and also suggests that working patterns in this environment are not as flexible as one might assume.

The survey of software and computer services was carried out by EUROSTAT in cooperation with national statistical institutes in Finland, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands and the UK. The first hypothesis, that software and computer services are a male environment, was largely confirmed by the findings that the proportion of women employees in this sector amounts to 21.4% in The Netherlands, 31% in the UK, 31.6% in Finland and 35% in Spain. Italy employed the greatest proportion of women in this sector with a total of 48.1%.

The survey also revealed that work in this sector is overwhelmingly permanent and full-time, with only 0.2% of all employees in Italy and 4% in the UK employed in a home-based teleworking capacity. Other information revealed by the survey includes the fact that the majority of workers in the field are between the ages of 25 and 39, and that the total number of enterprises ranged from just under 3,000 in Finland to nearly 64,000 in the UK. In addition, the statistics reveal that these services are of limited value in the export market, peaking at only 9.2% of total turnover in the UK in 1996 and falling as low as 0.7% in Italy.

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  • Spain, Finland, Italy, Netherlands
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