( Post 24 of 25 )
For the penultimate post of our CR 25 campaign, we came up with the idea to compare 25 of our CVs from 1990 – when we first opened shop as an IT recruitment agency – to 25 from more recently (during the year 2014). Once we had the data in our hands, had taken a look at it, analysed it and compared it, we realised that it would be really good to display the comparisons visually, side-by-side. Infographics have become a really popular way of doing exactly that, but we also wanted to explain and give our thoughts on the data as we went along, which would have made the infographic very text-heavy (and very long). So we came up with an alternative approach…
Ladies and gentlemen, we present the first (to our knowledge) ‘dissected’ infographic! The full (text-light) infographic is shown at the bottom of this post, but before that, each section (a.k.a. data point) is displayed individually, with a bit of text under each section giving our observations on the differences that 25 years makes in the IT industry in the UK (and especially South Wales).
1990 is on the left
2014 is on the right
Here we go…
There has been a major discussion in recent years about the gender divide in the IT industry. Six months ago, the BBC reported that “women account for just 16% of the UK IT workforce.” Sadly, our data roughly backs this up… As expected, there has been an increase in the number of women that we have received CVs from (from 4% in 1990 to 12% in 2014, based on our samples of data), but it’s not a significant leap.
The BBC article goes on to suggest that the problem “starts early” – i.e. when children are in school. Hopefully, some of the cool things going on with ICT/Computer Science in primary and secondary schools at the moment (as highlighted in one of our posts from last week) will help to change the situation in the coming years, and that we’ll begin to see not only more people entering IT as a profession, but more women doing so as well.
Year of Birth (Earliest vs. Latest)
There’s not really much to take away from this, but we thought that it was interesting how there is a 46-year difference between 1990’s oldest candidate and 2014’s youngest. In fact, when we received a CV from a 43-year-old candidate in 1990, our youngest in 2014 still wouldn’t be born for another three years…
The vast majority of CVs that we receive are from UK residents, and coincidentally all 50 CVs that we analysed seemed to fit that criteria. We thought that maybe we’d see more CVs from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and further afield in 2014, but in fact we saw the opposite: we received more CVs from candidates already residing in Wales than we did back in 1990.
…And speaking of Wales, we dove into the geographical breakdown a little further and distinguished the difference between which Welsh counties* our CVs came from. There hasn’t been much change over the years, with the majority coming from the South Glamorgan area (which includes Cardiff).
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