Women make up just a third of successful applicants to digital Fast Stream, latest figures show

Written by Rebecca Hill on 4 January 2017 in News

Just 13 of the 328 applications made by women to the digital and technology graduate scheme in 2015 were successful, according to new figures

The latest annual report on the civil service Fast Stream has revealed that 34% of successful applications to the digital and technology Fast Stream in 2015 came from women – a slight decline from the previous year.

The newly-published report shows that just 13 of the 328 applications made by women to the digital and technology stream in 2015 were successful.

This is a fall from 21 successful applications out of 370 – or 37.5% - in 2014, the year in which the specialist digital scheme was introduced.

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However, the overall success rate for women remains higher than for men: in 2015, 4.0% of applications from women were successful, compared with 3.4% of men. The 2014 success rates were 5.7% and 4.5% for women and men, respectively.

There were 746 applications to the digital and technology profession from men in 2015, of which 25 were successful – this also represents a slight fall in both applications and awards compared with 2014, when there were 770 applications and 35 appointments.

The news comes amid increasing calls for more to be done to encourage women into digital and technology roles in both government and industry.

The civil service is trying to make the field more appealing to women, for instance by creating women’s groups in relevant departments – and the Government Digital Service recently revealed that it pays for tampons for staff.

The move is part of wider efforts to increase diversity in the civil service, and the Cabinet Office noted in the 2015 Fast Stream report that the proportion of successful female applicants in the wider intake increased from 48.0% to 49.6% between 2014 and 2015. 

Overall, 51.9% of all applications for the 1,077 vacancies advertised in 2015 were from men and 48.1% from women.

However, the report shows that the digital and technology profession is lagging behind on other areas of diversity, with a success rate of 0.9% for applicants with disabilities in 2015, when just one of the 109 applicants was recommended for appointment.

This is compared with the 6.6% success rate in 2014, when 8 of the 121 applicants with disabilities were successful, and the overall 2015 success rate across all Fast Stream applications, which was 4.6%.

Meanwhile, the data shows that the majority of successful applicants to the digital and technology stream in 2015 were white – 88.9% of applicants compared with 11.1% from an ethnic minority.

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Rebecca Hill is the online editor of PublicTechnology, where a version of this story first appeared

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Dilly (not verified)

Submitted on 4 January, 2017 - 13:39
This is a serious issue and the only way of making the Civil Service more appealing to women is that GDS pays for tampons!!! Why did someone on the editorial team think the inclusion of the sentence was in any way appropriate?

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