The London IT sector may be booming, but there’s one aspect that could do with considerable improvement: gender diversity in the workforce.
Private-sector group Tech London Advocates recently conducted a survey of its members in conjunction with London Tech Week, and its findings included some alarming statistics:
- Nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) of poll participants from tech enterprises based in the capital said their companies don’t have any female board members at all.
- Three in 20 respondents (the equivalent of 15 per cent of the survey pool) reported their firms had no women at the senior management level.
- Almost four in 10 survey-takers (39 per cent) noted that although their senior management teams did include some female members, these individuals composed less than one-fifth of the total senior manager population.
“For a sector identified with disruption and change, these figures are very disappointing,” said Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates. “We live in a city with a global reputation for diversity, yet our most exciting industry fails to reflect this in its most senior positions.”