May 03, 2018
Inspired by the lack of diversity in the UK Tech industry, Yessi Bellow Perez, Editor of UKTN, will launch the UKTN Women in Tech Campaign, to showcase women in the industry and smash all those tired and outdated misconceptions.
Industry statistics do not paint a pretty picture, with research from AllBright showing that only 17% of employees in the UK tech sector are female. The same study also found that one in five female founders (22%) say they are not being heard by male investors, while a survey by tech recruitment firm Dice found that 8 in 10 (82%) female respondents believe a wage gap exists. Nearly two thirds (60%) of women who took the survey also said they were treated differently to their male colleagues.
However, behind the statistics there are tales from both men and women about the lack of diversity within the industry, but also, more positively, the desire to change it. The campaign will call for bringing about real change, plugging industry knowledge gaps, and raising awareness through in-depth research and analysis. Yessi wants 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 and to see both men and women, of all ages, backgrounds and opinions, working together towards one single objective.
The campaign will launch in June and there is a call out for stories, insights and ideas. To get involved you have been asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Brew will keep you updated as the campaign progresses.