System Update: Addressing the Gender Gap in Tech is the culmination of eight months of extensive research, interviews and polling. The report explores the views and experience of women and men who work in tech roles, those who have recently left, and women who have qualifications but are not currently working in the sector.Key findings include:
- 1 in 5 men working in tech roles believe that women are naturally less suited to working in the sector.
- 43% of women in the tech sector think about leaving their role at least once a week.
- More than a quarter of women with STEM qualifications outside of the sector believe there is more sexist behaviour in tech than other types of work.
- 72% of women in tech roles have experienced at least one form of sexism at work.
- This includes being paid less than male colleagues and sexist ‘banter’ (22%) and questioning of their skills and abilities (20%).
- Black and minoritised women have experienced additional levels of exclusion, with almost three in four having experienced racism at work.
- 1 in 3 Black women have been assumed by colleagues to not hold a technical role