Gen Z: The future has arrived | Dell Technologies

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The primary research goal was to capture hard data on current attitudes and opinions on technology and the workplace among Generation Z students who will be entering the workforce in the coming years.

Dimensional Research, an independent research firm, conducted an online survey fielded to independent sources of students attending secondary and post-secondary school in countries around the globe. The survey included a wide range of questions on the topic of expectations for future employment, use of technology and more. The survey was fielded in 17 countries and 12 languages from August to September 2018.

More than 12,000 individuals completed the survey. All were between the ages of 16-23 (Generation Z) and were currently attending school. Demographic information was captured on specific age, type of school, income levels, gender and more to enable comparative analysis.

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Global Startup Ecosystem Report

Global Startup Ecosystem Report | Startup Genome & Global Entrepreneurship Network

The 2019 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) is one of the most comprehensive pieces of research on what drives startup success and ecosystem performance.

The report shows a steep rise in success for startup ecosystems in more countries.

For a decade now, we have warned local leaders against “Silicon Silliness” — namely a strategy based on repli-cating Silicon Valley. For GEN, in order to build stronger ecosystems in more places, we have focused instead on decentralized universality, working with all ecosystems to drive connectedness and enable the sharing of knowledge and networks.

Startup Genome works to enhance startup success and ecosystem performance everywhere.

Our mission and impact are rooted in over a decade of independent research with data on over a million companies across 150 cities. Working side-by-side with more than 300 partner organizations, our frameworks and methodolo- gies have become instrumental in building foundations for startups to grow. Our efforts earned us the Research Champions award at the Global Entre-preneurship Congress 2019.

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People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers' View | Doteveryone

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People, Power and Technology: The Tech Workers’ View is the first in-depth research into the attitudes of the people who design and build digital technologies in the UK.

It shows that workers are calling for an end to the era of moving fast and breaking things.

Significant numbers of highly skilled people are voting with their feet and leaving jobs they feel could have negative consequences for people and society. This is heightening the UK’s tech talent crisis and running up employers’ recruitment and retention bills. Organisations and teams that can understand and meet their teams’ demands to work responsibly will have a new competitive advantage.

While Silicon Valley CEOs have tried to reverse the “techlash” by showing their responsible credentials in the media, this research shows that workers:

  • need guidance and skills to help navigate new dilemmas
  • have an appetite for more responsible leadership
  • want clear government regulation so they can innovate with awareness

Our research shows that tech workers believe in the power of their products to drive positive change — but they cannot achieve this without ways to raise their concerns, draw on expertise, and understand the possible outcomes of their work. Counter to the well-worn narrative that regulation and guidance kill innovation, this research shows they are now essential ingredients for talent management, retention and motivation.

It is time for the tech industry to move beyond gestures towards ethical behaviour — rather than drafting more voluntary codes and recruiting more advisory boards, it is time to double down on responsible practice. Workers — particularly those in the field of AI — want practical guidelines so they can innovate with confidence.

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The Gender Gap in Tech & How to Fix It | Women Tech Council

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For the past 12 years, Women Tech Council has worked to accelerate the growth of the technology community by increasing the number of women in tech.

By building impactful programs that propel the economic pipeline from high school to the boardroom, we are helping drive success for the entire technology sector.

As this report shows, having women in technology has direct economic impacts. Companies with women on teams and in leadership positions alongside their male counterparts see higher productivity and profitability, including revenue and profit, and increased overall collective intelligence. But attracting and retaining talented, qualified women requires more than broader recruiting efforts or competitive pay.

This research was commissioned to specifically identify the areas that are making real impact in creating and accelerating diverse and inclusive workforces for women in technology companies with the goal of enabling all organizations to adopt and implement these behaviors.

We invite all members of the technology community to work to implement the impactful, collective approach identified in this report, and join us in our mission of driving growth for the entire technology sector through high-performance, inclusive environments.

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Women in tech - Time to Close the Gender Gap | PwC

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PwC's research with over 2,000 A-Level and university students shows that the gender gap in technology starts at school and carries on through every stage of girls’ and women’s lives.

Only 27 per cent of female students we surveyed say they would consider a career in technology, compared to 61 per cent of males, and only three per cent say it is their first choice.

PwC are using the power of intelligent digital to see beyond the gender gap, to a world where women can reimagine our future. We created a women in technology programme and degree, changing the ground rules to make technology a more attractive, inclusive, working environment for all.

They provide more detailed analysis and four actions the industry should take in the full report, which you can download below.

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Mind the Gap: A report on the UK's Technology Skills Gap | Hired

Over the past several years, successive British governments have prioritised growing the tech industry as a way to ensure that the UK economy can thrive in an increasingly digital world; and those results have paid off.

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According to recent statistics, the UK’s thriving digital industry is now worth £161bn to the economy and supports more than 1.5m jobs. What’s more, the UK has the largest digital economy as a percentage of GDP in the G20, with expected growth of 15% next year.

That said, this position is far from guaranteed. Brexit, the uncertainty around freedom of movement, and the growing appeal of other global tech hubs in Europe, the US and Asia have called into question whether the UK is well-positioned to fill the 750,000 new digital jobs that will open by 2020 and ultimately stay competitive in the global tech economy.

To get at the root of this issue, Hired dug into the hundreds of companies and thousands of candidates who have participated in our UK marketplace over the last 18 months to better understand the state of the nation’s talent and skills base. The result is our “Mind the Gap” report, which helps identify the digital skills that companies are demanding to help their businesses grow, and which we hope will inform the debate about what the UK needs to do next to maintain its position at the forefront of the global tech industry.

Among the key findings the analysis revealed include:

1. There is a significant skills gap in the key areas of data, security, Python, Ruby, UI and UX. Whether measured by supply and demand, interview requests or job offers, these areas consistently emerged as the skills most coveted by tech firms. Market appetite for these skills is far outstripping supply, with, for example, the demand for security engineers increasingly by 234% in the last 18 months alone.
2. Particularly with the uncertainty over the Brexit decision, gaps in the supply and demand of vital skills may hold back the UK tech sector’s growth. One in three people working in the UK tech sector come from another European country. Britain’s position as a digital powerhouse has been dependent on bringing in these kinds of high-skilled workers as a supplement to the country’s home-grown talent; the skills gap will only worsen if the UK can’t attract the best talent, wherever it’s from.
3. The UK’s global competitiveness against US tech hubs is an area of concern. Average salaries for tech workers in London are substantially lower than in Silicon Valley and New York, which have salaries 38% and 35% higher, respectively, than the UK.
4. There is a worrying trend when looking at the pipeline of tech-savvy students entering the workforce. Seventy-four percent of tech workers have a degree – a much higher proportion than the national average. However, the number of UK students graduating with computer science qualifications has dropped considerably since 2002. This is in direct contrast to neighbours such as France, which now provides the European market with more computer science graduates than any other country. Given this and the fact that our data revealed that a large number of developers are now self-taught, employers need to ensure passion and commitment are given due consideration in their recruitment process, alongside university degrees.

This suggests that, while the UK has a highly-qualified workforce today, it risks the skills gap widening, with fewer developers and software engineers entering the workplace despite an economy that is hungrier than ever for tech talent.

Businesses, educational institutions and the government need to collaborate closely to ensure that we are addressing this issue and nurturing the talent that will secure the UK’s position as a digital leader in the years ahead. If we do this, we will ensure that the UK remains competitive in the global tech marketplace.

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Speak Up: Bringing More Women’s Voices to Tech Conferences

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New research conducted by Ensono, reveals the stigma that women face at technology conferences. 

The report, “Speak Up: Bringing More Women’s Voices to Tech Conferences”, which interviewed 500 women in tech in the US and UK, uncovers women’s experiences and attitudes toward the representation of women in tech. It found, for example, that:

  • One in four women have experienced sexual harassment at a tech conference
  • Seventy per cent of women who’ve sat on a panel at a technology conference have been the only woman on the panel

The study also included an audit of 18 major tech industry conferences in the US and UK to find the number of keynotes that have been given by women over the past three years.

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