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Tech London Advocates
The Road to One Million: The Pledge
On behalf of the UK tech community, Tech London Advocates is launching the Road to One
Million, a campaign to harness the power of the private sector to address the shortage of
digital skills in the UK economy and create one million tech jobs by 2023.
Despite the extraordinary success of British tech companies over the past five years, the
industry is in danger of leaving huge swathes of the population behind. We have 48,297
technology vacancies currently advertised in London (Adzuna), yet women, ethnic minorities,
people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community and young people are massively
under-represented in the tech workforce.
London’s tech companies currently employ 318,480 people in digital jobs (Tech Nation). To
reach one million tech employees by 2023, the city needs to be bringing 10,000 people into
tech-related employment every single month.
Tech has a diversity problem. 51% of London’s population is female, yet only 17% of the city’s tech workforce are women.
Bringing more women into tech companies will have a dramatic impact on the scale of London’s tech employment landscape.
Tech London Advocates is pushing to achieve 33% gender diversity in the sector within the next five years, essential for unlocking the potential of the entire nation. It has been shown that tech companies now woefully lag behind FTSE 100 organisations for the number of
women in executive positions.
Action: We must also increase funding for female run businesses (currently only at 9%), to
grow their ventures and inspire more to enter the sector. Encouraging more females to
join investment firms will help to attract and identify female entrepreneurs, increasing the
likelihood of funding.
Find out more at: http://www.techlondonadvocates.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/TLA_RD21M_ThePledge.pdf