Skillset bid to tackle gender imbalance

Skillset bid to tackle gender imbalance

By Rob Crossley

October 6th 2010 at 3:09PM

Creative media training body joins gender equality association

Creative media training body Skillset hopes to do its part in tackling the so-called gender inequality in the UK games industry.

Independent data recently showed that the number of women working in UK games industry fell from 12 per cent in 2006 to four per cent last year.

Skillset has in response signed up to the UKRC – a government-led organisation for challenging the under-representation of women in science, engineering, technology (SET).

The educational group said signing to the UKRC is “a visible commitment to increase the participation and progression of women across the creative industries”.

A UKRC employer consultant praised Skillset for “recently campaigning on behalf of women in TV” after studies revealed a recent decline of female workers in the industry.

Skillset CEO Dinah Caine there’s “a number of challenges ahead to improve gender equality in the creative industries, definitely the case for women in IT and technological roles.

“Skillset is delighted to demonstrate our commitment to this tackling these issues by signing the UKRC’s Charter. We hope our commitment to tackling gender inequality will be taken up by more and more employers across the industries we represent. We would encourage as many of them as possible to sign up to the Charter.”