Hiring Diverse Tech Talent  ·
Browns, Covent Garden, London

About the Event

  • Defining diversity & inclusion, and why it matters when hiring
  • Building an inclusive culture and what it adds to the culture of your business
  • Leveraging talent marketplaces effectively
  • What defines a great tech hire and what to consider outside of skill sets
  • Alternative ways of reaching talent, hackathons, coding challenges, community hiring

With digital transformation continuing to drive business change across industries, the demand for tech talent is continuously increasing. Technology is moving at an unprecedented rate and organisations in the tech space are usually revered for their impact and growth. However, in terms of the diversity in their workforce, they are lagging way behind the wider market.

A report from Inclusive Boards highlighted that while the tech sector outperforms other sectors in its senior level BAME representation. With one in nine senior leaders compared to one in twelve in FTSE 100 from a socio-economic and gender representation, it is a long way off the wider market.

Gender is the furthest off the mark. Almost two-thirds of boards, and more than 40% of senior leadership teams, have no female representation at all, the sector average is just 12.6% of board members and 16.6% of senior executives. Compared to 30%+ in FTSE 100 companies. The well documented sexist culture in tech firms is not helping this, further compounded by online communities studies on Github, showing that women’s submissions were accepted more frequently if their gender is hidden.

The socio-economic background of the tech sector is also very different from wider UK society. More than 33% of board members and 31% of senior executives attended private schools, compared to just 8% of the UK as a whole.

So there is clearly a problem. However, there is also an opportunity for organisations in a talent-short market to engage with underrepresented groups.


The Speakers

Shefali Davda-Bhanot
Associate Director of Talent @ Babylon Health

Libby Derbyshire
Senior Account Executive - Enterprise & Scaling companies @ Hired


Our Partner

Browns, Covent Garden, London

18th April, 2019 @ 8:30 am

30-40 Attendees

Complimentary Food

Breakfast Event

The Agenda


08.30am – Arrival / Breakfast
09.00am – Introductions and challenges
09.10am – Inclusion with Hired
09:30am – Inclusive Hiring with Shefali Davda-Bhanot
09.50am – Roundtable Discussion
10.15am – Uncover Bias and Increase Diversity in your Hiring Process with Libby Derbyshire
10.35am – Roundtable Discussion
11.15am – Summary, takeaways, and networking
11.30am – Close

Previous Companies Attended

The Venue

Lively, vibrant and eclectic, Covent Garden is in the heart of the West End, surrounded by theatres, galleries, shops and landmarks. Once the Westminster County Court building and now elegantly converted into a bar and restaurant, Browns is close to all the main theatres and our pre- and post-theatre suppers are extremely popular. The once Courtroom has now become the house to our events.