Like many other industries, there are complex and wide-ranging challenges we need to address. At BCS we are committed to improving equality, diversity and inclusion together with the rest of the industry.
- Over the past three years we have been listening to our members and set up new specialist groups that supports underrepresented groups within the industry. Have a look at the work they have been doing and how to get involved: EMBRACE, Pride SG, NeurodiverseIT, Digital Divide SG.
- BCSWomen continues to provide support for female IT professionals, as well as mentoring and encouraging women and girls into tech careers.
- Black women have been identified in our research as the most underrepresent group working in tech. To support this, BCS provides Coding Black Females (CBF) with 100 bursaries per year for our membership.
- As part of the partnership with CBF, BCS & CBF came together to produce a report which looks at the issues black women face in tech or trying to get into a tech career. Read the report here.
- BCS is an active member of the Tech Talent Charter.
- Education is a key area for BCS in our efforts to enrich the pipeline with diverse talent and we are seeing results, in England, the number of female candidates for computing A level has grown by 92% since 2019, and males by 62%, but despite our own and industry efforts, 94% of girls drop computer science at the first opportunity, around 20% percent of the tech workforce is female with Black Women making up 0.7% of the total.
- At BCS we are committed to ensuring all our events and member communities are truly representative of the profession.
BCS’s slogan is ‘Making IT good for society’, therefore it is our responsibility, as the professional body for IT, to ensure the chartered professionals in our industry are representative and diverse, especially as the future talent pipeline emerges.
Articles, papers and reports
Take a look at our most recent papers and reports, or view all of our published policy papers.
Gender in tech
According to recent analysis, in 2020 more women than ever were working in IT roles (326,00), although they still make up just 20% of our sector’s workforce, while equating for 50% of the UK’s population.
Ethnicity in tech
Within the tech landscape there is good representation of ethnic minority IT specialists, however the problem remains further up the chain where just 11% of IT directors are from an ethnic minority background.
Neurodiversity in tech
Organisations are understanding the importance of bringing every perspective to the workplace and acknowledge the benefits neurodiverse individuals bring as they form a pool of untapped tech talent.
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Share your support
BCS regularly polls IT professionals and members on topical issues. Our surveys are one way that we listen to our members’ opinions and this helps to form our positions on major areas of public policy. Keep a look out for polls around diversity and inclusion.
Do you want to know more about our policy work or have views about diversity in tech policy you would like to share? Would your organisation like to get involved with our STEM research or carry out a joint campaign with BCS? If so, we want to hear from you! To share your opinions and to find out more about partnering with us, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org