Welcome to your roundup of some of the past week’s most interesting surveys, statistics and reports relevant to those involved in the UK tech industry.
This week, we have statistics relating to women’s lack of confidence in their tech-related skills, the consumption of IoT devices and smart home security cameras and the use of electronic messaging platforms at work.
Women’s lack confidence
Research conducted by KPMG found that only 37% of young women are confident they have the tech skills necessary by today’s employers. In contrast, a majority (57%) of young men polled said the same.
This is despite scoring on a par with their male counterparts when assessed on digital skills such as data manipulation and social media use.
Worryingly, the research unveiled evidence that this lack of confidence may be putting many young women off applying for jobs in the sector. According to the findings, an overwhelming majority (73%) of young females said they had not considered a graduate job in technology.
Commenting on the findings Aidan Brennan, KPMG’s head of digital transformation said: “The issue here isn’t around competency – far from it – but rather how businesses understand the underlying capability of an individual and how to unlock it. I think this research highlights the work that needs to be done to show the next generation that when it comes to a career in tech, gender isn’t part of the equation.
“Competition for jobs is tough, and we know that female job seekers can be less likely to apply for a role than their male counterparts if they don’t feel they already possess every pre-requisite the job demands. Businesses committed to building a truly diverse workforce need to adapt their recruitment processes to reflect this, and ensure they don’t fall into the trap of listening only to those who shout about their capability loudest.”
In other news, the number of IoT devices per household has increased significantly over the past couple of years, reaching an estimated 11 smart accessories per home.
That’s according to a recent Bitdefender survey, which also found that the number of such devices had reached 11 in the US and Germany, 10 France, and 9 in the UK.
The data shows that smart device users in the UK are concerned that their gadgets can be infected with viruses (54%) and that sensitive information (usernames, passwords, credit card details, money) can be obtained (49%).
“Any internet-connected device that has a camera attached to it will likely have a microphone built-in as well, turning them into perfect spying tools if remotely controlled by hackers,” said Liviu Arsene, senior e-threat analyst at Bitdefender. “If not properly secured, attackers will not only invade your privacy but also extort victims for financial gains.”
The top 3 UK smart devices with an internet-connected camera were smartphones (48%), laptops with windows (34%), and tablets (26%).
Smart home security
In similar news, a survey commissioned by online electrical retailer AO.com found that 37% of UK consumers would invest in a smart home security system if money was no object.
Smart home security systems, the data shows, beat products such as virtual digital assistants – which only one in eight of the population say they would buy. It also beat robot lawnmowers (18%) and remote controlled heating (29%) to the top spot.
Some 68% of respondents of the 2,000 people surveyed, said the main factors for owning smart technology were convenience and time saving.
Additionally, 39% of respondents said they owned a smart TV and a further 15% said they would buy one in the next 12 months, with 75% believing they will have a smart TV in the future.
Messaging and work
And finally, research carried out by Yapster, a London startup providing private mobile messaging for large organisations, found that 55% of Brits used some form of electronic messaging for work purposes. When surveying the 18-34 cohort, that figure rose to 64%.