Research by travel booking platform Trainline has found more than half of people in tech think there will a rise in the number of female tech workers over the next year.
Most people in the tech sector think their teams will grow, with 18% claiming they think their teams will double in size, particularly if they are based in the Midlands or London.
Around 60% of people think there will be an uptick in the number of women in tech over the next year, according to research, while 19% of respondents believe there will be an increase in women choosing technical roles more specifically.
The number of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles is currently less than 20%. Several reasons are cited for these low numbers, such as misconceptions about the types of people in the sector, pressure from parents and teachers, and a lack of visible or accessible role models.
But many also claim an increase in the number of women, as well as others from under-represented groups, would benefit the tech industry by introducing different ways of thinking, and a perspective that reflects the customers the sector serves.
It could also increase the talent pool tech businesses are fishing in for talent, as well as tackle the issues concerning the sector, such as diverse human intervention in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and building inclusive cultures to encourage innovation and creativity in the tech workplace.
Despite many concerns about the future ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI), including biases being introduced into automated systems through biased data or a lack of diverse thought, 59% of people in tech think their firm may invest in some form of AI in the next 12 months.
Many also expect their teams to adopt more agile behaviour within their tech teams, with 75% predicting this when asked about work culture and focus in tech teams in 2020.
Meanwhile, 67% of people in tech are planning to move jobs in 2020, with almost 90% of people saying the purpose of a brand, and the ethics of a company, will factor into where they next choose to work. This sentiment is strong among younger people, with 40% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 seeking to work for an environmentally-friendly brand in their next role.
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