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In the second installment of our series of looking back at the past year, we delve into some of our favourite and most important tech news stories of 2022.

This year has seen tech companies recognised as some of the best places to work; WeAreTechWomen’s Barriers for Women in Tech research released in partnership with Ipsos MORI and the Tech Talent Charter; Flavilla Fongang recognised in Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Most Influential Women in Tech for 2022 list; and the IT Ukraine Association’s Executive Director awarded Fellowship of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in recognition of his contribution to the growth of the country’s tech industry during wartime.

We look forward to bringing you all the latest news, debates and thought-provoking articles in 2023!


January

In January, it was announced that tech companies dominated Glassdoor’s annual Best Places to Work in 2022 list, with ServiceNow, Abcam and Meta among the top ten.

Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, has announced the winners of its Employees’ Choice Awards, honouring the Best Places to Work in 2022 across the UK and four other countries.

Unlike other workplace awards, the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback on Glassdoor by completing a company review about their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards feature six distinct categories, including honours for the Best Places to Work across the UK, France, Germany and Canada and recognising both large and small to medium companies in the U.S. Winners are ranked based on their overall rating achieved during the past year.

February

WeAreTechWomen Survey (800 x 600 px)In February, we released our Barriers for Women in Tech infographic 2022.

Last year, WeAreTechWomen partnered with Ipsos MORI and the Tech Talent Charter to look at the barriers women face in the tech industry.The research canvassed the views of 369 women across a multitude of sectors. The findings included in the infographic show that 1 in 5 women in tech are thinking of leaving their jobs. With just 21% of women working in the tech industry*, if they chose to leave this would have a significant impact in terms of female representation in the sector. The findings also highlighted that 58% of respondents said that visible role models are one of the things that attract them to organisations but noted the lack of female representation at the top of their organisations. The other key finding was that only a third felt that processes and systems were in place to prepare them for promotion.

March

DWP Digital - Birmingham Hub 400x300March saw DWP Digital announce it was expanding its operation into Birmingham and creating 130 jobs with the launch of its newest digital hub.

The opening of the new office space has allowed the department to leverage the digital talent of the West Midlands and build flexible, multi-disciplinary squads to support areas including Health Transformation and Universal Credit.

The launch of the new space means Birmingham is the seventh DWP Digital hub location in the country, joining Blackpool, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, and Sheffield.

April

In April, we celebrated International Girls in ICT Day!

Girls in ICT Days aims to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider studies and car​eers in the growing field of ICTs,​ enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector.

International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of April.

Also in April, we released our recommendations from our Barriers for Women in Tech research.

Sky Graduate ProgrammesMay

May saw Sky launch their graduate programmes to help individuals shape a brilliant career. Sky’s range of graduate programmes means everyone can find a job they love to talk about and they also offer internships and insight events designed to give you a sneak peek at life at Sky. This means, whatever your background, skills or passions, you can choose a career path that suits you.

June

In June, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh & Belfast joined forces to launch the fifth National Digital Week.

The four Digital Ministers for each of the UK Parliaments joined forces to explain the importance of digital transformation in each of their countries and the opportunities it offers to level up public services and business opportunities.

It is the UK’s biggest gathering of people focused on four key questions driven by digital transformation. However most importantly it is the only Digital or Tech Week in the UK that is truly nationwide.

July

develop, a London-based software engineering recruitment firm, announced in July it will be donating £20,000 to a Tower Hamlets primary school to fund STEM education.develop, which operates in London, Berlin and Miami, confirmed it will donate £25 to Canon Barnett Primary School in Tower Hamlets for every placement it makes in the next financial year.

Based on 2021/22 figures, this will amount to a total of over £20,000 going directly towards STEM education in the form of toys, learning platforms, and equipment.

‘develop’ is hoping to help reverse the talent shortages in the software engineering industry by providing help at grass roots level to directly impact the education and prospects of inner-city children.

August

Four young strong women or girls standing together. Group of friends or feminist activists support each other, women supporting womenIn August, we marked Women’s Equality Day. The day serves as an opportunity to come together in the fight for gender parity and reflect upon the progress we have made up to this point. The imbalance continues to be particularly present within the technology sector, with just 19% of UK workers being women. Below, female industry leaders offer their thoughts on how we can improve balance within the industry and drive the next generation of women in STEM.

Also in August, the NCSC called for women and minority groups to take part in helping develop a new Cyber Advisor service to extend assured cyber security consultancy services to a wider market of small and medium sized firms.

Individual applicants – with differing skills, and from diverse backgrounds across the UK – were selected to complete the free exam. The first 100 to take part will be asked for feedback and to provide data to help the NCSC develop the Cyber Advisor scheme further and ensure that Cyber Advisors can offer the required knowledge and skill set.

September

STEM Returners 400x300During September, the annual STEM Returners Index, a survey of a nationally representative group of more than 750 STEM professionals on a career break who are attempting to return to work or who have recently returned to work, found that recruitment bias was revealed to be the main barrier preventing them from returning to work.

In the survey, which came at the start of National Inclusion Week, 37 per cent of participants said they experienced bias in the recruitment process due to their age, while 43 per cent of people who identified as BME said they had experienced bias due to race or ethnicity.

September also saw BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT share its top tech priorities for the Liz Truss, who had recently been announced as the new Prime Minister at the time.

Following the announcement, BCS urged the new Prime Minister to unlock the potential of technology to reimagine the UK’s approach to fields like health and the economy.

October

October saw Computer Weekly announce the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Tech for 2022.

Computer Weekly released this year’s list of the top 50 Most Influential Women in UK Technology for 2022, including this year’s winner, Flavilla Fongang, founder of 3 Colours Rule and the Global Tech Advocates Black Women in Tech group.

Since it’s inception in 2012, the list has grown from featuring 25 women to now showcasing 50 of the most incredible females in the industry. After the success of this accolade, Computer Weekly have gone on to launch an annual list of Rising Stars, to ensure as many women in the sector as possible are recognised for their work.

November

In November, the IT Ukraine Association’s Executive Director was awarded Fellowship of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in recognition of his contribution to the growth of the country’s tech industry during the ongoing difficulties they currently face.

Konstantin Vasyuk conducted research and created relationships across the world – helping the country’s technology industry to thrive, support the war effort and create new international business.

Figures from the IT Ukraine Association demonstrated continual growth of their IT sector, maintaining its position as a major technology powerhouse in Europe despite the conflict the country is currently facing.

December

In December, data revealed UK workers are clocking up an extra months work every year.

It’s previously been proven that British workers put in some of the longest weekly hours at work, and the latest figures from the ONS backed that up. Despite terms such as quiet quitting (the idea that you do the bare minimum at work) gaining traction, these statistics proved the UK is still a nation of over workers.

Images from theTechWomen100 Awards, Sophie NearyAccording to the figures, which looked at paid working hours, we clock up an extra 163 hours per year on top of our contracted full-time hours. That’s equivalent to more than 22 days of extra work every year – close to one full month’s overtime.

To end on an uplifting note, Sophie Neary, Group Director for META UK & Ireland, delivered an empowering speech at the 2022 TechWomen100 Awards Ceremony, calling for our winners to shout about their achievements.

A key line stood out in the speech and perfectly emcompassed all that we stand for:

“It’s not who we are that matters, but what we do that counts”