London’s tech prowess celebrated
London’s tech community offers the greatest opportunities for British women in tech with 40 per cent of the entire country’s female tech workforce employed in the capital, according to research released during London Technology Week.
The survey of over 3700 working professionals across Britain by the technology recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks, also reveals that London is the best location in the UK for women to build a business, and that women tech workers in London are 2.5 times more likely to work for a tech start up, than their counterparts in the rest of the UK.
Despite the tech industry’s progress, the findings also suggest there is still a lot of work to be done. One in 10 tech teams in London have no female employees and more than half say that less than 15 per cent of their teams are women1.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has stated that he wants the sector to be open to all Londoners and aims to reverse the under-representation of women in the industry.
Khan said: “London Technology Week has shown how the capital is the most important tech hub in Europe with its vibrant mix of investors, talent and creativity. Although the sector is flourishing, it is vital that we actively encourage more girls to work in digital and tech to reverse the under-representation of women in this industry. Our current female tech pioneers are the role models for the next generation and as the father of two teenage girls, I want them to have the same opportunities and aspirations. I am determined to work hand-in-hand with individuals and employers like these to nurture more young female entrepreneurs that will contribute to London’s economic prosperity.”