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Understanding the UK AI labour market: 2020

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This report presents findings from research into the UK Artificial Intelligence (AI) labour market, carried out by Ipsos MORI, in association with Perspective Economics, Warwick University, and the Queen’s University Belfast, on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).

The research aimed to create a set of recommendations on policy areas that the government and industry should focus on, to bridge skills gaps in the sector. It involved:

  • A survey of 118 firms and public sector organisations, including those whose core business was developing AI-led products or services, and others in wider sectors developing or using AI tools, technologies or techniques to improve their products, services or internal processes;
  • A total of 50 in-depth interviews with firms, public sector organisations, recruitment agencies, employees and aspiring employees, universities and course providers;
  • Analysis of AI job postings on the Burning Glass Technologies database; and
  • A roundtable discussion with stakeholders from across government, the private and public sector to validate the findings.

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Tech Talent Charter: Benchmarking Report 2018

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Today the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) launched its inaugural benchmarking report – the first report of its kind tracking gender diversity in technology roles across the UK.

Gathered from over 200 signatories representing over half a million employees, the data gives a snapshot of today’s tech industry and an insight into practical ways companies can improve it:

  • Across our signatories women hold 26 per cent of technical roles compared with 19 per cent UK wide – micro businesses are found to be the most gender diverse with women holding 53 per cent of technical roles
  • 71 per cent of signatories already have active diversity and inclusion policies as part of their recruitment approach. 27 per cent don’t, but are putting them in place in the next year.
  • 36 per cent of signatories already have policies in place to increase the number of women included in interview shortlists, with 32 per cent saying they will be adding this in 2019
  • 57 per cent of signatories outsource some or all of their technical roles

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