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Martha Lane Fox says that gender diversity in UK tech has not progressed in 25 years

The co-founder of, Martha Lane Fox, has criticised the lack of gender diversity in the UK tech industry, according to a report in The Guardian. The businesswoman and peer added that gender diversity in UK tech has not progressed in 25 years, with many of the issues she encountered in the 90s when she launched still prevalent today.

In a speech at an event held by WorkL, which works with businesses to track employee welfare, Fox discussed the tech industry’s “terrible” dynamics and said that it still had problems with hiring enough women and people from different class and racial backgrounds.

Only 21% of UK IT professionals and 12.5% of engineers are women, according to a survey for the Wise campaign, which campaigns to increase the number of women in science and tech roles.

A recent report by AVIXA concluded that women are “deeply underrepresented” in pro AV. The organisation’s global salary survey, compiled by AVIXA economic analyst Peter Hansen and ‘Joe’ Lloyd, AVIXA’s senior director of communications, revealed that women represent just 9% of the respondent pool overall (6% outside the US and 11% within).

Read our latest women in AV feature, where Pro AV Watch List 2022 women inductees discuss their AV journeys.