Women in technology are finding more opportunities online than on-site, demonstrating the rise of skilled female professionals and their impact on economic and social change, according to a global survey by online work platform Elance.com.
According to a survey of 7,000 global independent professionals, 80% of respondents say they’re optimistic about the future of high-tech professions for women even though a majority still sees a lag in pay equality and encouragement from teachers and parents.
“For women in tech, online work is a level playing field where merit and results win,” said Fabio Rosati, CEO of Elance.
“Online work provides an attractive avenue to neutralize gender discrimination around the world and create flexible professional opportunities not available in traditional job markets.”
Seventy-four percent of women questioned stated that online work provides more opportunities to succeed in technology careers over traditional on-site work.
In fact, women stated that they plan to acquire new technology skill sets in the next year including;
In addition, more than 78% of respondents already conduct over three-quarters of their freelance work online, and look to online work as an escape from traditional work barriers.