Are enough women securing IT jobs?
There is still a significant shortfall in the number of women choosing to pursue a career in IT in Europe.
According to the European Commission, around seven million people are employed in the technology industry across the continent, of which only 30 per cent are female.
Neelie Kroes - leader of the EU's Digital Agenda - believes women do not view a career in technology as glamorous enough, HR Magazine reports.
"It all begins with education and convincing girls this is a viable career," she was recently quoted as saying.
"We need to push our young female talent and make them believe they can succeed in this industry."
UK Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has also added to the diversity debate, suggesting the IT sector may need to alter its "boys with their toys" image if progress is to be made.
"If you're not making your workforce female-friendly then you're cutting off a large pool of talent," he was quoted by the magazine as saying.
There have been some signs to suggest technology companies are now prioritising gender diversity, though.
Google plans to set up a Women in Tech Conference and will offer grants of up to €1,000 to a selection of budding computer scientists, which will help cover the cost of attending the event.
Meanwhile, Zen Digital Europe has established the European Digital Woman of the Year 2013 and Digital Girl Awards 2013 in order to promote the role of women in the IT sector. The event will be held for the very first time in November 2013 and has received the backing of the Malta Information Technology Agency.
Ms Kroes has also urged Vodafone to invest some of the $130 billion it will make from selling its stake in Verizon Wireless into "harnessing" young female talent.
Some European governments have been looking to overhaul IT teaching curricula in order to equip youngsters with more practical skills - such as software programming - so they can offer maximum value to employers. It will be interesting to see if these efforts have a positive impact on the number of women securing IT jobs in the future.