Over a Fifth of UK Cyber Workers Experience Discrimination

Over a Fifth of UK Cyber Workers Experience Discrimination

The UK’s cybersecurity sector appears to be faring pretty well in terms of its diversity, but challenges around inclusion, career progression and discrimination persist, according to a new government report.

The second annual Decrypting Diversity report from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was compiled from interviews with 945 professionals working in the industry.

The headline figures are encouraging: over a third (36%) of respondents were female, which is a higher proportion than in some studies, and 10% were from the LGB community, which the report claimed is higher than the 2.2% of the population that is LGB according to 2018 ONS data.

A quarter identified as having a disability, more than the 14% of the IT workforce as a whole and the 20% figure for the UK’s working population. The report also claimed that the statistics for ethnic minorities (15%) and trans and non-binary (1%) respondents were in line with those of the national population.

However, there are still clear areas where improvement is necessary. For example, only one in 20 respondents were aged 18-24, just 3% entered via a school leaver or apprenticeship scheme, and 12% via a graduate scheme. The NCSC said

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