More women required in UK technology sector:
According to a survey of 3700 professionals by recruiter Mortimer Spinks, one in ten tech teams based in the city have no female employees. Furthermore, more than half of those questions said less than 15% of their teams are women.
A third of London tech companies claim to have formal initiatives in place to recruit more women to the workforce, compared to less than a quarter in the rest of the country.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: ‘London Technology Week has shown how the capital is the most important tech hub in Europe with its vibrant mix of investors, talent and creativity. Although the sector is flourishing, it is vital that we actively encourage more girls to work in digital and tech to reverse the under-representation of women in this industry. Our current female tech pioneers are the role models for the next generation and as the father of two teenage girls, I want them to have the same opportunities and aspirations.
‘I am determined to work hand-in-hand with individuals and employers like these to nurture more young female entrepreneurs that will contribute to London’s economic prosperity.’
Mortimer Spink’s survey echos figures released this week by Tech London Advocates, which found that 18% of London tech companies had no women at board level.