According to a study carried out by the agency Inclusive Boards, women make up only 12.6% of board members in the tech sector in the UK, which is worrying when compared to the 30% representation in FTSE 100 businesses.
Samuel Kasumu, the director of Inclusive Boards said
The figures are particularly worrying when you consider how important the tech sector is, having contributed close to £200bn to the economy in the last year, and it’s growth rather is 2.5 times faster than the whole economy.
He also states that, by women not being involved enough in the tech sector, it’s as-if they’re not being able to fully participate in the sector. Considering that every other sector relies on technological advancements, this is incredibly alarming.
Supposedly, almost two thirds of all boards, and more than 40% of senior leadership teams lack any female representation, and the general average is just as poor, with only 12.6% of board members being women and 16.6% of senior executives.
Further studies showed even more worrying statistics within the tech sector. With 1/3 of the make-up of their board members and senior executives being from private schools, this is a poor representation of the 8% reality of the UK.
One element the study showed some promise however, was with ethnic diversity, where 1 in 9 senior leaders in tech come from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, as opposed to the 1 in 12 for the FTSE 100. Given that 40% of London’s population is from a BAME background, this still needs improving upon.
Overall, if this study has shown anything, it’s that we need to focus efforts on diversifying the tech sector, allowing more of the population to have a say in something that affects us all.