This Note presents the results of a short survey of the views of women BCS members about IT in the investment banking sector. The survey was prepared with the assistance of the BCSWomen group of the British Computer Society (BCS). Also summarized is the response of London-based HR managers who are responsible for IT people in London-based investment banks.
The most interesting finding is that many women in IT do not consider apply- ing to investment banks NOT because they think they are macho and possibly sexist (though they do!) but because they think such banks only recruit from other investment banks. Some banks are thus losing valuable applications because of a misconception about the sector, and some women in IT are losing out on interesting well-paid careers.