London is UK’s best city for women to start a tech business
Yet at least 10% of tech companies in the capital have no female workers in their teams and 50% have teams where only 15% of employees are female
London is the best place in the UK for female entrepreneurs to set up a technology business, according to latest research from recruitment firm Mortimer Spinks.
The survey of more than 3,700 working professionals found that 40% of the UK’s female tech workers are employed in the capital, with women in London more than twice as likely to work for a tech start-up than women in the rest of the country.
As a whole, London’s tech community was found to provide better opportunities for women – 33% of tech businesses said they have initiatives in place to recruit more women, compared to fewer than 25% of tech companies outside of the capital.
The survey findings weren’t all rosy though. At least 10% of tech firms in London were found to employ no female workers and over 50% had workforces that was less than 15% female.
These findings were echoed in a recent study by Tech London Advocates which found that 18% of London tech firms still have no women on the board and follows Startup.co.uk’s recent feature on why it’s time we stopped talking about gender diversity in tech and actually did something about it.
To coincide with the research, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for better representation of women in the tech industry:
“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.”
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, has also commented on the issue:
“Despite a range of highly successful female founders and CEOs in London, senior roles and management teams at digital businesses have more of a ‘boy’s club’ factor. For a sector driven by the need for highly skilled and creative talent, failing to harness those currently under-represented makes bad business sense.”