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Welcome to your round up 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 autonomous vehicles, photo backs, the lack of women in tech and the state of the UK’s IT sector.

Autonomous vehicles (AV)

Some 64% of investors believe driverless cars will be on UK roads within the next decade.

That’s according to a year-long study carried out by international law firm Gowling WLG.

According to the report, more than 10% of investors say they’re actively investing in the sector.

Interestingly, the study shows that London and Yorkshire have almost double the number of AV investors than elsewhere in the UK. However, the majority of these are calling for better information about how to invest in the AV market.

Others (47%), the report shows, are put off from investing by the lack of current regulation. Although 67% of UK investors are considering investing in the sector either now or in the future, almost 70% want more information about AV investment opportunities.

Photo back ups

New research from cybersecurity firm Protective Intelligence, reveals consumers in the UK risk losing valuable photos, academic work and financial data by not backing up computers frequently enough, if at all.

In fact, the survey shows that a quarter never back up their laptops or computers. Some 15% of laptop owners that do back up, are most likely to do so every few months and 11.95% of these said they backed up monthly.

Some 9.25% of laptop owners and 7.35% of desktop computer owners reported backing up their devices less than once a year.

When asked what was the most significant piece of data respondents had lost from their laptops or desktop machines more than 500 people reported losing valuable data that they were unable to retrieve. The majority reported losing photos (365) with many stating they were devastated at their loss.

Vince Warrington, founder of Protective Intelligence, said: “It is very sad to see that so many people in our survey have lost such valuable data completely – especially those that have lost photos and videos of recently deceased friends and family.  With cyber crime and computer viruses on the rise, the ever-present possibility of hard drive failure, and the risk of theft it is imperative that people learn to back up their data frequently.

“The fact the highest time frame choice for backing up was never in our survey, for men and women of all ages and for everyone across all regions, is perhaps an indictment on the consumer technology and retail sectors that are clearly not communicating the importance of back up effectively,” he added.

While 30.86% of female laptop owners reported never backing up, only 24.65% of men said the same. Similarly, 30.70% of female desktop computer owners reported never backing up, while only 22.99% of males said they never backed up their desktop computers.

The state of IT

CAST has announced findings from its latest CRASH Report, the largest objective study of software ‘health factors’ such as reliability and security.

The report, which analysed 1.03 billion lines of code across 1,850 applications submitted by over 329 firms in eight different countries, exposed the overall quality of too many mission critical functions across the globe was ‘poor’.

“Lack of security architecture combined with porous code in legacy systems produce easy targets for hackers. This is especially concerning in Financial Services applications,” said Dr. Bill Curtis, SVP and chief scientist at CAST Research Labs. “Despite the push to ‘go digital’ our CRASH Report findings indicate there is a significant amount of bad code lingering in enterprise systems. The takeaway for IT is clear: poor software quality is exposing many businesses to excessive risk.”

Key findings of the study included:

  • The Financial Services industry scored worst with, compared to the highest, Government.
  • The UK scored the lowest out of all regions. France came up on top.
  • The findings showed that teams of under 10 people perform best across most areas of structural quality.
  • Teams of over 20 consistently perform the worst across all health factors.

Women in tech

According to PwC research, UK firms are facing a significant shortfall in future female talent.

The ‘Women in tech: Time to close the gender gap’ report, which surveyed over 2,000 A level and university female and male students, found that 27% of females would consider a career in technology, compared to 62% of males. Only 3% of females say it is their first choice of career, versus 15% of males.

In contrast, 33% of males said they have had a career in technology suggested to them, compared to only 16% of females. Six in 10 females (61%) say they have been put off a career in technology as they simply don’t know what it involves, with only four in ten (44%) males choosing this option.

Jon Andrews, head of technology and investments at PwC, said: “Women remain woefully underrepresented in the UK’s technology workforce. Our research shows that this imbalance is unlikely to be redressed any time soon unless we can educate and excite females about the range of technology careers at an earlier age. The gender gap in technology starts at school and widens at every stage of females’ lives.

“There is a real opportunity for the industry, schools and universities to work together to show young people – and especially females – the reality and range of technology careers in today’s world. We need to start creating the building blocks for the future of the UK’s technology industry at a much younger age.

“Getting more females into technology doesn’t just make smart business sense, it means that organisations can develop and deliver emerging technology solutions based on a broader range of perspectives that are fit for their entire customer base. Greater diversity of thinking will fuel the innovation of the future,” Andrews concluded.

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