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Number of Women in Senior Technology Jobs Declines Again

Number of Women in Senior Technology Jobs Declines Again

Only 9 percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, a decline from last year's level of 11 percent and the 12 percent reported in 2010, according to a recently published survey.

The survey, conducted by the U.S. unit of British technology recruitment company Harvey Nash Group, showed approximately 30 percent of companies polled said their IT departments did not have any women in management roles.

Though women have ascended to senior positions at high-profile companies like Facebook and IBM, IT departments appear to be lacking female leaders, Reuters reports.

"Less and less women are attracted into that space so you wind up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy," Anna Frazzetto, senior vice president of international technology solutions at Harvey Nash USA, said in a statement. "It's not a very welcoming arena to be in."

According to Inc. magazine, women make up half the U.S. workforce but only represent approximately one-quarter of workers in the technology sector. Additionally, women hold more college degrees than men, but hold only approximately 15 percent of senior management roles in all industries, the publication said.