IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

Tech roles held by women increased by just 2% in 2021

Cyber security, electronics, and health were found to be the least gender-diverse sectors

The number of women in technology roles increased by just 2% year-on-year, from 25% in 2020 to 27% in 2021.

That's according to the latest findings from the Tech Talent Charter (TTC), which analysed data from 580 organisations that employ ​​a combined 196,179 tech workers in the UK –  an estimated 15% of the current UK tech-skilled labour force.

Across sectors, marketing was found to have the most gender-diverse workforce, with a median of 45% tech roles being held by women and other gender minorities. Cyber security, electronics, and health sectors were among the least gender-diverse, with some surveyed health companies not employing a single woman within a technology-based role.

Company size also proved to be a factor when employing gender minorities. Similarly to previous years, micro-organisations tended to have the most women-held roles (median of 33%), with the proportion decreasing with the number of overall employees. Medium and large companies employed less than a quarter (24%) of women in tech roles on average, with the proportion rising slightly for super-large companies at 27%.

Wales (45%) and Scotland (31%) were found to be home to the most gender diverse companies, while the East of England only employed 16% of women in tech roles per average. London remained in the middle of the league, with just over a quarter (26%) of tech roles filled by women.

Despite the marginal rise of women-held tech roles year-on-year, TTC found that the companies taking part in the survey were almost twice as likely to hire ethnic minority employees than the overall UK tech force – 20% and 11%, respectively.

Commenting on the findings, TTC CEO and co-founder Debbie Forster said that the organisation was “heartened to see diversity remaining a priority for so many companies through the pandemic”. 

However, she added that 2022 would be a “pivotal year as new working patterns become more normalised”. 

“Inclusion must be baked in now, or the tech sector risks cementing inequalities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Sharing valuable insights on winning D&I strategies means that companies across the sector can learn best practices and more quickly bring about change for the greater good of the sector and the wider UK population,” she said.

Featured Resources

The state of Salesforce: Future of business

Three articles that look forward into the changing state of Salesforce and the future of business

Free Download

The mighty struggle to migrate SAP to the cloud may be over

A simplified and unified approach to delivering Enterprise Transformation in the cloud

Free Download

The business value of the transformative mainframe

Modernising on the mainframe

Free Download

The Total Economic Impact™ Of IBM FlashSystem

Cost savings and business benefits enabled by FlashSystem

Free Download

Most Popular

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS
cyber attacks

Cyber attack on software supplier causes "major outage" across the NHS

8 Aug 2022
Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security
Sponsored

Why convenience is the biggest threat to your security

8 Aug 2022
How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode
Microsoft Windows

How to boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

29 Jul 2022