It’s estimated that only 17% of employees in the UK tech sector are female. Research by AllBright has also found that one in five female founders – that’s 22% – say they are not being heard by male investors. A different survey by tech recruitment firm Dice found that an overwhelming majority (82%) of female respondents said they believed in the existence of a wage gap. Some 60% of women who took the survey also said they were treated differently to their male colleagues.
The tech industry has been rattled by horrific tales of sexism, discrimination and harassment in the workplace. Women such as Ellen Pao and Uber’s Susan Fowler have highlighted wide ranging issues across the sector.
Diversity – or the lack thereof – is a term that’s thrown about often, and sometimes rather vacuously, but the fact of the matter is that the technology industry needs more of it. A few weeks ago, I reached out to UKTN readers, telling them about our upcoming Women in Tech campaign in a bid to gain further insight into peoples’ opinions on the subject. The response has been overwhelming – I’ve heard from women of different ages, backgrounds and roles. But, I’ve also heard from men, who have shown great concern about the misrepresentation of women across the sector, and their willingness to change this.
As part of my call to action, I spoke about wanting to bring about real change, plugging industry knowledge gaps, and raising awareness through in-depth research and analysis. I said I wanted UKTN’s Women in Tech campaign to be effective, to challenge the status quo and to bring together a community of like-minded individuals passionate about the topic of diversity. I also mentioned that I wanted our campaign to be inclusive, to see women and men, of all ages, backgrounds and opinions, working together towards one single objective.
We want to hear stories, insights and ideas from our readers and the businesses driving UK tech. To get involved in the conversation, or to partner with us on this project, please do get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org. Our campaign will be launching at the end of July.