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The STEM Returners Index 2022 | STEM Returners

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The STEM Returners Index is an annual survey with UK STEM professionals who are on a career break, attempting to return to work or recently returned.

We know that STEM professionals on career breaks face hidden barriers when attempting to return to work. The STEM Returners Index aims to further understand these barriers, track the progress UK STEM industries are making with solving them, and shine a light on the change needed to create fair opportunities for all.

This year we are pleased to launch the 2nd annual STEM Returners Index, based on a survey completed by over 1000 STEM professionals in April 2022.


Understanding the cyber security recruitment pool

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Ipsos MORI and Perspective Economics have been commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to undertake research to quantify and provide understanding of the cyber skills recruitment pool in the UK.

The research aims to gain a better understanding of the cyber skills recruitment pool in the UK, its size and geographic location, the types of skills and experience that are prevalent in the pool and recommendations on how employers can effectively recruit from the pool.


Diversity in Tech 2021 Report | Tech Talent Charter


The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is committed to securing the future of the tech talent pipeline.

A key driver of this is the annual Diversity in Tech report, which showcases curated diversity and inclusion (D&I) data we amass from our Signatory base of companies with tech needs in the United Kingdom.

The purpose of this survey is to harness the power of data to help organisations make significant headway in this critical growth area. When UK businesses are willing to share good D&I data — what’s actually working or not working for them — it yields deep, nuanced insights that can benefit Signatories, other organisations, and more broadly the UK economy and society. As such, another aim of this report is to inspire more business leaders to share their D&I data with us so we can create a more nuanced and complete picture of the state of diversity and inclusion.


One Tech World Virtual Conference 2022

01 APRIL 2022

Book your place now & join Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter at our One Tech World conference.


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Women in Tech Briefing: A new call to arms | Inclusive Tech Alliance

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A report being released today by the Inclusive Tech Alliance reveals that the UK tech sector is likely to face an even greater skills crisis post-Brexit than anticipated if it fails to improve on the current levels of women working in the sector.

 One in three people working in UK tech originate from other EU countries. Analysis of Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that women account for just 16.8% of those employed in the tech sector.

The report highlights a number of key areas for the UK’s tech sector to reflect on and respond to, notably:

  • There are currently .6 million unfilled tech vacancies and an existing gender deficit of .4 million women in the sector.
  • With an additional 1 million new vacancies anticipated by 2020, close to 1 million women will need to be recruited in UK tech in order to reach gender parity.
  • The differences in the backgrounds of women in tech leadership in comparison to men were also startling. Within the fastest growing firms, senior women were more likely to have attended independent schools and a Russell Group.
  • Senior women in tech were also significantly less likely to have studied a STEM related subject at university.

The title of the report ‘A New Call to Arms’ is in reference to the period of mass mobilisation of women to the workforce during the Second World War. Inclusive Tech Alliance Members are now calling for a national campaign at the same scale of what was achieved for women in the workforce during the Second World War to avoid a post Brexit skills crisis.

Samuel Kasumu, Director of Inclusive Boards, the organisation who oversee the ITA and a member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Board said:

“We have known for a long time now that there is a pipeline issue when it comes to encouraging women and girls to consider a career in tech. With the possibility of a post Brexit skills crisis; now is the time to focus minds and to tackle this challenge head-on.”


The Demand for STEM Graduates | Gender Report on Technology

This report has two main objectives. The first is to develop and to present some benchmark projections of employment of people with graduate level qualifications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. The second, is to use these results to provide a better understanding of ‘demand-supply’ issues for STEM personnel, While the prime focus is on demand, it is evident that the effects of demand and supply factors are difficult to isolate, as illustrated in the shift-share analysis conducted as part of the project.

Download full report here