More than one in four tech companies employ no women at board level, with 23% without women in senior positions. This study by the Tech London Advocates had me thinking about the diversity of London vs the diversity of a London workforce.
I work in a start up company with a 4:1 ratio of men to women, and a friend of mine is the only man in his team of 8. The difference? I work for a tech company, he works for a PR agency.
While I have no doubt that the study is correct, I’m wondering – is it really a big deal?
Baroness Lane-Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com said “there is a greater proportion of women in the House of Lords than British tech companies. We must accept the scale of this problem and work together to put women at the heart of the technology sector. Mobilising a currently unused resource will have huge benefits for the digital industry, the economy and UK PLC.”
Women are employed in all kinds of businesses and have always been told to pursue what they want to do. Could it simply be that many women aren’t pursuing a career in tech? Perhaps the level of women in the tech industry will change in the future, but it could be that more businesses are labelled as ‘tech’ due to the nature of technology and its progression into every sector of work. What do you think? We want to know your thoughts on the subject matter.
Do you work in London but not in the tech industry? What are your predictions for women in the tech industry? Tell us with a tweet @toworkorplay.
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