Tuesday, January 17, 2017

CIOs still lack diversity and are rooted in STEM degrees - CIO

Originally published: January 17, 2017
Publisher: CIO.co.uk 

New research from Experis looks at what factors make up the typical DNA of today’s CIOs

Experis has analysed information from its customers’ top CIOs to determine what makes up the DNA of the role. The research found that, despite a cross-industry drive for diversity, core defining factors remain fundamentally traditional. The average DNA of a CIO continues to be:

  • Male – Nearly all (87%) of the CIOs analysed were male, compared to 13% females
  • Middle aged – all CIOs fell into the late 40s/early 50s bracket, with an average age of 49
  • STEM degree educated – Nearly all had a degree, with 50% of those having read computer science, engineering, maths or electronics at university

Despite an increasing focus on diversity across the C-Suite – IBM VP Claudia Brind-Woody is helping shape diversity with her workplace equality campaigns, for example – our analysis shows that the average CIO working for a major organisation is male, comes from a science background and has decades of experience under their belt.