Number of women in UK tech drops despite overall hiring growth

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The number of women working in the UK tech industry declined sharply in the second quarter of the year, according to new data.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that between the first and second quarter of the year, the number of women in the British tech industry fell by 3,000.

The research comes despite the ONS data showing that tech industry employment as a whole grew during the same period. The tech industry overall saw an increase of 85,000 workers, suggesting measures to increase the representation of women in the sector have a long way to go.

“Tech companies should continue to focus on tackling the barriers for women entering the tech field and showcase the steps they are taking to prove their commitment and heighten the attractiveness of the field,” said Senna Baille, director of community at VeUP

“A career in tech means that not every day is the same, presenting new challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. Tech companies should mirror this, and in turn cultivate an all-encompassing culture that encourages development and inclusiveness, bettering attitudes across the board.”

Last month, a report from the British Business Bank found that the funding share for all-female-founded startup teams had not improved over the last decade.

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