Just a quarter of people working in the sector are women, down from a third in 2002. So it is a problem that is, astonishingly, actually getting worse over time. And the already-poor gender balance gets even worse the higher up in an organisation you look, or across some specific developer or engineering roles.
Hardly surprising then, that women are so keen to learn from each other’s first-hand experience: from starting careers in tech and progressing to combatting stereotypes, learning new skills or just to make new friends.
A growing number of groups have emerged in the last several years to meet that need, organising breakfast, daytime or evening meetups for likeminded women to come together and offer each other support and guidance.
They are all aimed at women, but most will happily welcome supportive men along. If in doubt, check with the organisers. Here are a few of the most popular groups in London and beyond.