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Analysing the opportunity cost of gender inequality on digital professions This report, promoted by Telefónica, reveals the effects that closing the gender gap in digital professions would have on the Spanish economy.

Gender gap in digital professions

This report shows that the gender gap in this area is present in five dimensions: digital skills, digital education, employment, visibility and hybrid work. If we look at the occupational data, women in digital occupations have an annual growth rate of 5.6% between 2019 and 2021, while men have grown by 2.1%. If this rate continues, it will take 32 years for the gender gap in digital occupations to close (in 2053).

Opportunity cost

In economic terms, the opportunity cost to the Spanish economy of not closing the digital talent gap will amount to €71.7 billion in 2053, equivalent to 6.4% of GDP in 2021.

Despite the progress made in recent years, there is still a significant gender gap in digital occupations, both in performance and in visibility and projection. Although the demand for professionals is growing in Spain, it is not being met by women, and this is holding back social and economic progress. Together, we must be able to grow the proportion of women in digital professions by more than 5% every year. To achieve this, companies need to attract female digital talent, empower them and provide role models for girls and young women.

Eduardo Navarro Director of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Telefónica

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