WISE Tech Research Report

Researching the Tech Landscape in 2021

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WISE has launched a brand-new survey to investigate routes into technology careers and we need your help!

Year on year, WISE data has shown an increase in the number of girls studying computing, as well as the number of women employed in tech roles – 17% of the tech workforce. Although these positive trends are encouraging, WISE members are increasingly concerned about the current skills gap in tech and digital technology roles as well as the persistent gender imbalance in the tech workforce. WISE is launching a new research project to form the first step in supporting employers to close the digital skills gap.

The aim of our research is to identify any skills or gaps lacking in current tech and digital technology training routes and to find out more about the routes employees have taken to get into a tech career (both traditional and non-traditional).  We hope this research will aid employers in closing the digital skills gap and increase the number of women training, up-skilling, or re-training into a tech career.

You can help in a variety of ways – either by taking our survey or getting involved with our interviews.

Take the Survey:

We are looking for people of all genders, from all backgrounds and working at all levels within the information/communications technology sector to complete a short survey, which should take no longer than 15 minutes.

  • What is your current job?
  • What subjects did you study?
  • Did you upskill or retrain to get into your current position?

This UK-wide survey aims to quantify the different routes into tech based on age, gender, nationality, and other characteristics. This survey will identify the current landscape, educational qualifications that tech employees have and need training requirements, and best practices.

Are you working in a Tech Role?  Help give us further insights by taking part in an interview:

We have done some preliminary investigations via our Tech Survey and are now looking to add to those insights by interviewing a variety of people in different sectors and industries, either involved with tech or working in tech roles.

If you are able to spare half an hour or so talking with WISE about your job, the career choices you made and how you gained your current role in the Tech sector, please contact your WISE Relationship Manager for more information, or email: info@wisecampaign.org.uk.

London Tech Week Event:

The results of our survey and insights from these interviews will form a report which we will be launching at a WISE event in September during London Tech Week.  For more information on how to get involved with this event and to request a place, please contact your WISE Relationship Manager for more information, or email: info@wisecampaign.org.uk.

Survey Links:

If you would be happy to complete the survey, please follow the link here or scan the QR code below.

Opportunities to get involved!

This research will form the first step in supporting employers to close the digital skills gap. Across 2021-22 WISE’s programme of activity and events will focus on retraining existing talent and attracting diverse talent that reflects the communities and customers WISE members serve, as well as re-addressing gender balance in the tech workforce population.

WISE is calling on its members and industry to contribute to the research by taking part in the survey.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Deborah Kelly, Head of Business Development.

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