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City Corporation aims to tackle lack of women in digital jobs

  • May 3, 2024
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City Corporation aims to tackle lack of women in digital jobs

The City of London Corporation has launched a Taskforce to tackle the lack of women in digital roles after Alan Turing Institute data revealed that less than 25% of women work in AI and data science fields in the UK. Gender equity remains a challenge in these roles with estimates showing that there will be one skilled woman for every 115 tech roles by 2025.

The Women Pivoting to Digital Taskforce, which includes businesses such as IBM, Accenture and Salesforce, brings together business, Government, third sector and industry groups to support women from non-technical backgrounds to pivot to digital roles in AI, data, cyber and IT.

Digital jobs are emerging and advancing rapidly, and as the momentum around AI accelerates, the Taskforce aims to knock down the barriers between women and these crucial roles.

UNESCO data shows that by 2025 there will be 149 million new roles in software, data and AI across all sectors of the economy. And despite the need for vital skills training to fill these roles, only two percent of women are provided with opportunities to upskill at work2.

This initiative aims to support employers in the financial and professional services as well as technology sector to upskill workers while equipping organisations with the tools to hire women from non-technical backgrounds.

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