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Proportion of women in data and #AI hits 20 year low

News research from Datatech Analytics for the Women in Data released today has revealed that only a quarter of UK jobs in artificial intelligence and other specialist technology roles were filled by women this year – the lowest proportion in two decades. 

Kelly Metcalf, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing at Fujitsu UK & Ireland:

“Diverse teams allow organisations to provide environments where different styles of thinking come together – allowing for more innovation and productivity, so it’s a concern to see such a small proportion of artificial intelligence roles being filled by women. With no signs of digital transformation slowing down, it is becoming increasingly important that all businesses – not just technology organisations – do more to tackle this gap and attract a diverse range of talent.

“There is clearly a lack of awareness of the opportunities that exist in technological roles. Businesses can however, do more to pave the way for more girls to pursue STEM careers by championing the great success stories of existing women in tech, such as Ada Lovelace Day and hosting ‘Girls Day’ events. Yet, it doesn’t stop there, diverse talent has to then be properly retained, developed and included with an organisation where the culture enables them to thrive.

“Ultimately, there are many steps organisations can implement to encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment to ensure that the UK sustains its technology top spot. And for women in the UK, if organisations are to deliver genuine change they must commit to a big vision that diversity and inclusion produces much better results.”

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