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Number of women in UK tech sector declined in 2023, says ONS

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The number of female workers in the UK tech sector fell by 3,000 between the first and second quarters of 2023, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

This drop follows an approximate 17,000 decline in the number of women in the industry seen between Q4 of 2022 and Q1 of 2023.

Statistics show that despite this dip, the industry as a whole grew during the same period, with the tech sector increasing by 85,000 to 1.73 million.

Senna Baille, Director of Community at VeUP, said: “Tech companies should continue to focus on tackling the barriers for women entering the tech field, and showcase the steps they are taking to prove their commitment and heighten the attractiveness of the field.”

Joanna Kori, Head of People at Encompass Corporation, added, “While technology-focused skills and expertise remain in demand, this underlines that there is work to be done to bridge the gap, ensuring a truly inclusive industry with a diverse workforce. Women have so much to offer, and organisations within the technology sector must continue to invest in female talent in order to see the benefits.

“To attract and retain females, it is important that businesses are proactive and put the right policies and initiatives in place. This includes focusing on areas such as flexible working, which can be transformative when it comes to enabling women, and all employees, to excel in their careers while enjoying a positive work-life balance.”

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