Record numbers of women in IT – but black women still under-represented, new research finds

Apr 14, 2021

The coronavirus outbreak has created uncertainty across all sectors, but how specifically has it affected women working in the tech industry?

Although it is not entirely clear why, the latest data from BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, indicates that, in contrast with other industries, the number of women employed in the UK tech sector has risen slightly over the past year.

More women than ever are working in IT roles across the UK (326,000 in total) and now make up a record 20% share of the specialist IT workforce – according to new analysis from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

The proportion of women in specialist computing roles increased to its highest ever level this summer, rising to 20% from 17% at the same point in 2019, the professional body for IT found.

However, black women are still heavily under-represented in IT and, by comparison, across other occupations their level of representation is 2.5 times higher.

Record numbers of women in IT – but black women still under-represented, new research finds | BCS