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Lack of tech diversity reflected in Sunday Times Rich List

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Eight new tech leaders are among the many prime 250 entries of the Sunday Instances Wealthy Record 2021, a listing of essentially the most prosperous individuals within the UK by internet wealth. Although the checklist displays the main focus positioned on expertise on account of Covid-19, it additionally echoes the extreme variety drawback affecting the tech business.

Enterprise funding for female-led start-ups fell to only 2.three% in 2020. (Picture by VanoVasaio / Shutterstock)

The brand new names embrace VCs and entrepreneurs comparable to Alex Chesterman, CEO of second-hand automobile market Cazoo, and Guillaume Pousaz, CEO of fintech platform Checkout.com, who noticed their companies rocket throughout the pandemic. However not one of the eight tech leaders are ladies, and aside from Hopin’s Johnny Boufarhat and Ali Parsa of Babylon Well being, who each have Center Jap backgrounds, the brand new entrants are white. This displays the broader make-up of the tech sector, which remains to be predominantly male and white, notably in essentially the most senior positions.

Within the UK, 19% of girls are employed in tech jobs, regardless of ladies making up 49% of the general workforce within the nation, Tech Nation data reveals. In the case of seniority, 77% of tech director roles are held by males and 23% by ladies, in comparison with 71% of male administrators and 29% feminine administrators within the wider UK financial system.

One other survey by Ladies in Tech discovered that half of the ladies (52%) working in tech say that they’ve skilled gender bias or discrimination within the office, and 78% consider there’s a gender pay hole within the sector with males incomes greater salaries.

Throughout the EU, 51.3% of individuals employed in science and expertise are ladies. Nonetheless, figures from Eurostat solely replicate the variety of ladies working in science and expertise occupations and never a breakdown of seniority.

Tech variety: “Present me the cash”

Suki Fuller, fellow on the Council of Aggressive Intelligence Fellows and enterprise capital adviser, isn’t shocked by the dearth of gender variety among the many new tech tycoons. In her view, except ladies and women-led ventures get the funding they want, it is unlikely that illustration on the prime will enhance.

“It’s extra of the identical,” Fuller informed Tech Monitor. “Within the grand scheme of issues, it appears actually nice for tech founders that persons are getting on these lists rather a lot quicker, [but] I believe that’s a bit little bit of a bubble. You will have platforms which have scaled much more quickly due to the pandemic however different issues which might be usually wanted – social care, ladies’s well being and psychological well being platforms – don’t appear to be reaching the identical heights, and naturally, loads of these are being constructed by ladies.”

Throughout 2020, enterprise funding to female-founded start-ups fell to 2.three%, Crunchbase data reveals – a zero.5% lower from the earlier 12 months. It’s unclear although if this drop is straight associated to Covid-19, figures exhibit that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted working ladies. Fuller highlights the duplicity of the general public narrative that speaks of the significance of girls’s well being however fails to place phrases into motion.

“The entire issues that everyone is saying we actually want, they don’t appear to be those which might be getting a lot funding,” she provides. “It’s all the time about ‘how a lot cash can we make actually quick?’ And people aren’t areas that individuals can generate profits actually quick, except it’s the NHS app.”

Sarah Luxford, co-founder of Tech London Advocates Ladies in Tech, agrees that except there’s actual dedication expressed by way of funding, ladies will likely be absent from the highest positions.

“Present me the cash,” says Luxford. “We’d like extra funding into female-led ventures. 2020 gave a spotlight to expertise and innovation however there’s nonetheless a necessity to provide credit score to those that facilitated that change and likewise to make lists consultant of the broader society, not only a group on the prime.”

She provides: “Till ladies also can attain these echelons we’ll proceed to witness a dysfunctional inequality of alternative. That is very important for [an] inclusive and sustainable financial progress.”

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