This report from BCS assesses the diversity and equality characteristics of the UK IT workforce.

Whilst demand for IT and technology skills continues to grow, diversity and inclusion in this sector is a particular, and growing, problem. This report from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, presents an analysis of the ONS Labour Force Survey for 2016, looking at the qualifications, pay and working patterns of 4.1% of the UK workforce employed as IT specialists, and how they vary according to different diversity characteristics.


  • 17% of IT specialists were from ethnic minorities (compared to 12% non-white in the UK workforce as a whole), 17% female (51% all workers), 8% disabled (23% all workers) and 21% aged 50+ (45% all workers).
  • Non-white IT workers were more than twice as likely to be in part-time employment as white counterparts. 21% of part-time non-white workers do so because they are unable to find full-time work, compared to only 9% of white workers.
  • Only an estimated 17% of individuals working in IT positions hold an IT(computer science) degree, and only 8% of women working in IT positions.
  • IT specialists earn 36% more per week than employees as a whole and those from minority groups slightly more still. However, earnings for female IT workers are 11% below that of males and earnings for disabled IT specialists are 13% below those without disabilities.

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