Hiring Diverse Tech Talent

18th April 2019
Browns Covent Garden

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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.


What this event will cover:

- Defining diversity & inclusion

- Building an inclusive culture

- Why diversity matters when we are hiring

- Why diversity adds to the culture of a business

- Alternative ways of reaching talent, hackathons, coding challenges, community hiring

- What defines a great tech hire

- What to consider outside of skill sets

- Leveraging talent marketplaces effectively



Shefali Davda-Bhanot

Shefali Davda-Bhanot, Associate Director of Talent @ Babylon Health

Shefali Davda-Bhanot in her capacity as the Director of Seventh Degree Limited, assists technology starts ups headquartered in Silicon Roundabout to Silicon Valley to scale and grow from seed funding stage to IPO. In 2018, she launched her book ‘Start Up to Scale Up: Practical Tips & Strategies to Scaling Up Start Ups’. She is a champion of diversity within the field of recruitment and is a member of an organisation called Women in Recruitment which aims to attract, develop and retain female recruiters.


The Venue

Browns, Covent Garden - London 

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08.30am - Arrival / Breakfast

09.00am - Introductions and challenges

09.10am - Inclusion - Hired

09:30am - Inclusive Hiring - Shefali Davda-Bhanot

09.50am - Roundtable Discussion

10.15am - Speaker TBA

10.35am - Roundtable Discussion

11.15am - Summary, takeaways, and networking

11.30am - Close


This event will offer:

- Free consultations from marketing leading experts 

- Access to a roundtable discussion w/ industry peers & in-house speakers

- Breakfast & great coffee

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