Diversity in IT – Inclusion = Diversity – Oxfordshire Branch
To increase diversity we need to create inclusivity.
Jenna Griffin, BCS Policy Programme Manager
19:30 – Webinar starts
21:00 – Webinar ends
As we know, Diversity in the IT industry and the pipeline of talent is far below acceptable.
We currently have 19% of technical roles held by women and 18% by ethnic minorities; however, only 9% of IT Directors are from an ethnic minority background. The stats around ethnicity is seriously concerning, with Black women the most underrepresented in the industry at less than 1% of the workforce.
The figures are alarming; however, we can all play our own role by changing perceptions and fostering more inclusive cultures. If we create organisations that encourage everyone and understand the benefits of diverse teams, especially as technology advances, then change for the future could be on the horizon.
However, changing organisational mindsets is just one aspect, and we need to be aware of inclusivity and diversity from a much younger age. All children need to view computing education as fun, and by doing so, they need to see children like them partaking in digital activities. They need to have role models supporting them as they get older to apply for a computer science degree or a digital apprenticeship.
To increase diversity, we need to create inclusivity.