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Exploring the Difficulties Facing the Retention of Women in the IT Sector in Ireland

Thornton, Caroline (2015) Exploring the Difficulties Facing the Retention of Women in the IT Sector in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The research presented investigates the relationship between gender and retention rates within the IT field. With pressure to maintain talent pool levels from existing MNC’s located here, if Ireland aims to sustain its competitive economic edge in IT then existing global literary evidence of female IT retention rates must be explored. The abundance of global literature researching issues facing IT female retention rates helped shape this study to focus on the Irish perspective, of which existing studies are lacking.

In an attempt to investigate the factors influencing Irish IT retention rates, the author adopted a deductive approach to this study and attempted to prove or disprove assumptions based on the literature researched. In accordance with the literature, a quantitative approach was employed using an online questionnaire. This was created using existing scales and also additional optional open questions. The online questionnaires were collated and analysed using SPSS. 65 respondents resulted in no statistically significant difference between employees views of their company’s work-life balance policies or their JS. This indicates there is no difference between gender and intent to exit the industry. This finding contradicts research carried out by academic scholars. A more comprehensive analysis with a more reliable scale and longer time frame would be recommended in order to assess the retention rates of IT professionals in Ireland.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Employee Retention
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Specific Industries > I.T. Industry
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2015 11:32
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2015 13:23
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2025

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