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18% of London tech firms still have no female board members

Despite calls for more diversity, annual index finds that just 23% of tech business' senior management teams reflect London’s gender diversity

Up to 18% of technology businesses in London still have no women at board level, according to the annual TLA Women in Tech Leadership Index carried out by Tech London Advocates.

The survey also found that 48% of women in the capital’s tech community hold less than 25% of senior management roles, with just 23% of senior management teams in tech firms reflecting the same gender diversity as London’s population.

Despite industry-wide calls for more diversity following last year’s index results, these latest figures have led 60% of the Tech London Advocates community to suggest that London’s tech companies still do not reflect the diversity of the city.

However, although female CEOs make up just 5% of FTSE 100 companies and 4% of the FTSE 250, 21% of respondents to the Index had a female chief executive and 60% claimed their business had actively taken measures in their recruitment strategies to increase diversity.

Sarah Luxford, director at Nexec Leaders and TLA Women in Tech lead, commented: “Failing to engage women in technology careers undermines the open, diverse outlook of the digital industry. With such a requirement for tech professionals, harnessing the potential of 50% of the population is the solution to long-term growth.”

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, added:

“Technology’s gender problem has not gone away. Female CEOs have been instrumental to the rise of London’s tech sector, creating some of the city’s most exciting businesses, but the lack of wider representation for women at senior levels is shameful.”

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.


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  1. This is outrageous. The Guardian published an article on that topic not a long time ago – even in movies they hyper-gender females in tech.