Diversity Survey
The Voices of our Industry

BIMA Tech Inclusion & Diversity Report 2019

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The Voices of our Industry

 We know diversity is good for business. We also know that, in a sector worth almost £184bn and growing faster than virtually any other, if we want to keep that growth on track, diversity has to be at the heart of our plans.

That’s why, in late 2018 and early 2019 BIMA, surveyed more than 3,000 members of the UK technology community to explore their experience of diversity.

What we found was that, from tackling stress, anxiety, and depression; to fighting discrimination and making more of untapped opportunities for recruitment and development, our industry has much to do.

The BIMA Tech and Inclusion Report examines the data and, with the help of expert opinion and case studies from across the industry, asks how organisations and individuals can help make tech a better place to work - for everyone.


Key Findings

What are we feeling?

- 66% of respondents are stressed by their work

- 52% have suffered from anxiety or depression at some point

- Tech people are 5x more depressed than the UK general population

What are we experiencing?

 - 35% of women feel their gender has negatively affected their career progression

 - 31% of Asian, South East Asian and 40% of Afro - Caribbean and those from a mixed heritage say they have experienced negative discrimination as a result of their ethnicity

 - 14% of all respondents believe their ethnicity has negatively affected their career progression

 - Of all our diverse groups, neurodivergence (i.e. those who say they have been diagnosed with dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism, Tourette's Syndrome, etc) is most likely to negatively affect a career

Untapped opportunities for talent and development

  - 3 in 10 respondents did not attend university

 - 1 in 5 had no previous tech experience

 - 23% say they are self-taught

 - 20% of respondents are neurodivergent - twice the UK average

 - 36% of parents don't return to their current employer after parental leave

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