18 Feb London tech giants commit to creating one million tech jobs by 2023
London tech giants commit to creating one million tech jobs by 2023
Tech London Advocates has received backing from hundreds of dominant figures in London’s tech sector to publicly pledge to reach one million people in tech jobs in the city by 2023.
The private sector network developed the pledge, which currently has more than 200 signatories, to both grow the London tech scene and tackle the lack of diversity in the sector.
TLA’s pledge comes after the network called on the technology industry to hire up to one million more tech-focused employees in the next five years.
Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates & Global Tech Advocates, said: “It is wonderful to see leading figures from the UK tech community pledging their commitment to this cause in such high numbers.
“Talent is the most pressing issue faced by digital businesses – both big and small – and only through joint action can we make a lasting difference. The tech sector is one of Britain’s stand out industries, and by strengthening its foundations, we can sustain its growth and keep Britain at the forefront of global innovation.”
Many believe the only way to fill the tech industry skills gap across the UK is through collaboration between industry, government and education providers, as well as organisations committed to the cause.
Signatories include well-known names in the tech sector, such as Joanna Shields, chairperson of BenevolentAI, Kathryn Parsons, founder of Decoded and Jacqueline de Rojas, president of techUK, as well as technology firms including Microsoft UK, Telefonica, BT Consumer, Oracle, Box and Twilio.
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