Disabled people, women and over 50s ‘missing’ in IT

By Ben Carey on 5 December, 2022

Swindon-based BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT says that a broader range of new recruits is needed to address the digital skills gap.

In particular, according to the organisation, encouraging more over 50s to move into tech careers will help to support the Government’s ambitions for a UK Silicon Valley.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT’s Diversity Report highlights that just 22 per cent of those working in information technology are aged 50 or above.

To make the IT sector equal to the workplace norm, there should be an extra 148,000 people aged 50-plus in the profession, according to BCS’ analysis of ONS data.

The report, created in partnership with Coding Black Females, also found that if gender representation in IT were to be equal to the rest of the workforce, an additional 486,000 female IT specialists would be needed.

In the same vein, around 63,000 IT specialists with disabilities were ‘missing’ from the  industry according to the report.

Rashik Parmar MBE, CEO of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said, “We can only achieve the Government’s ambition for the UK to be the ‘next Silicon Valley’ by closing the digital skills gap and making this vital profession attractive to a far broader range of people.

“Information technology changes lives, yet employers are struggling to find workers with the right digital skills. The figure for over 50s working in IT is significantly lower than in other sectors, as are the proportions of women and people with disabilities.

“This is clearly costing the economy and society, given how computing is woven into everyday life.

“The message must be that you can become an ethical, trusted and highly competent tech professional no matter what your background or age.”

Read the full 2022 reports:

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