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Women in tech – or the lack thereof

posted Feb 2, 2017, 2:49 AM by Annaleis Montgomery   [ updated Feb 17, 2017, 7:34 AM ]

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.”

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