Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in the IT Industry

As June is approaching, we thought about raising the topic of diversity and inclusion in the IT industry. Of course, it leads innovation, creating cutting-edge technologies that shape the digital landscape – however, when it comes to diversity and inclusion there’s still a long way to go. In this article, we will delve into the significance of diversity and inclusion in the IT sector, highlight the current challenges, and offer strategies to adopt a more inclusive environment.

Understanding the Value of Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are not a couple of trendy words or box tickers; they represent fundamental pillars that drive progress and innovation. Diversity encompasses various dimensions:
  • gender,
  • race,
  • ethnicity,
  • age,
  • sexual orientation,
  • abilities,
  • religion.
Inclusion involves cultivating an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and empowered. This approach enhances innovation, sparks creativity, improves problem-solving, and fosters better decision-making processes. By embracing diversity and promoting inclusion, the IT industry reaps numerous benefits.

Challenges in the IT Industry

Unfortunately, the IT sector still faces significant challenges when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Marginalised groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and individuals with disabilities, are vastly underrepresented. Barriers and biases hinder their entry and advancement in the industry. Stereotypes and unconscious bias negatively impact diversity in IT organisations, restricting opportunities for diverse talent. They often occupy roles that are typically seen as less technical or prestigious, such as field and customer support, human resources, communications, and marketing.

Let’s check a key statistic to understand a better picture (The information is taken from the 2022 report by OverStackFlow).

Demographics of developers:



Middle Eastern
South American
North American
South Asian
Southeast Asian
East Asian
North African
Central American
Central Asian
Pacific Islander

Blind/have difficulty seeing
Deaf/hard of hearing
Unable/find it difficult to walk

Real Benefits of Diversity

Organisations with diverse management teams achieve a notable 19% (or 22% according to a different source) higher revenue from innovation. This statistic is a compelling testament to the tangible advantages of having a diverse team. It emphasises the imperative for tech companies to prioritise diversity as a key to unlocking their full potential for success.

Approaches to promote inclusivity

For a more inclusive future, the IT industry must implement strategies to cultivate diversity and promote inclusion across its entire ecosystem.

Optimise recruiting processes

Unconscious bias in hiring practices is a pervasive issue that affects recruitment across different sectors, often without organisations deliberately intending to perpetuate it. It is essential to recognise that a significant amount of bias in the recruitment process operates on a subconscious level, further contributing to its widespread impact.

Moreover, engaging with an IT recruitment agency can be beneficial as they can offer impartial practices that align with your company's commitment to diversity. Collaborating with such partners presents an opportunity to enhance your hiring processes and ensure a more inclusive approach to recruitment.
At Lucky Hunter, we offer an individualised approach: we will listen to your specific requirements and find the perfect match for your team. Discover how we found a Senior Golang Developer from South Korea for a British startup in 10 days.

Create an inclusive workplace

Establishing an inclusive workplace culture is paramount, and it begins with leadership setting the tone and implementing policies that promote inclusivity.

Introduce mentorship programs

Mentorship programs and inclusive leadership development initiatives help in retaining diverse talent. By intentionally forming diverse and inclusive teams, fostering cross-functional collaboration, and embracing inclusive decision-making processes, organisations can unleash the power of innovation and achieve sustainable success.

Organisations that promote diversity and inclusion in the IT industry worldwide

As we conclude, let's focus on a positive aspect. While there is still much work to be done, it is encouraging to see numerous global organisations recognising the issue and actively working towards supporting underrepresented minorities in the tech industry.


AnitaB.org is a global organisation that promotes and supports women in IT. They offer various programs and initiatives, such as the Grace Hopper Celebration, which is the world's largest gathering of women technologists.

Women Who Code

Women Who Code is a global non-profit organisation that provides support, resources, and networking opportunities for women in IT. They offer events, mentorship programs, and a supportive community to help women excel in the tech industry.

Lesbians Who Tech

Lesbians Who Tech is a community of queer women and gender-nonconforming individuals in the tech industry. They organise events, summits, and mentorship programs to promote visibility, networking, and career advancement for LGBTQ+ individuals.


Code2040 is a non-profit organisation that focuses on increasing the representation of Black and Latinx individuals in the IT industry. They provide career development opportunities, mentorship programs, and fellowships for underrepresented minorities.

Black Girls CODE

Black Girls CODE is dedicated to increasing the representation of Black girls and women in the IT industry. They offer coding and technology workshops, hackathons, and mentorship programs to provide opportunities for skill development and career advancement.


Techqueria is a non-profit organisation that serves the largest community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry. They provide networking events, mentorship programs, and resources to support and empower Latinx individuals in the tech field.

Out in Tech

Out in Tech is a global non-profit organisation that seeks to unite and empower LGBTQ+ individuals in the tech industry. They organise events, panels, hackathons, and mentorship programs to provide networking opportunities and support career advancement for LGBTQ+ professionals in the tech field.

Pride in STEM

Pride in STEM is a UK-based organisation that aims to support and showcase LGBTQ+ individuals in the STEM fields, including IT. They provide a platform for sharing stories, experiences, and resources; and organise events to promote visibility and inclusivity for LGBTQ+ individuals in STEM.


AbilityNet is a UK-based charity that offers free accessibility resources, advice, and training to individuals and organisations. They provide expertise on how to make technology accessible to people with disabilities, ensuring that digital platforms, websites, and software are usable by everyone.


TechAbility is a UK-based initiative that promotes assistive technology to support people with disabilities in education, employment, and daily life. They offer training, advice, and resources to educators, employers, and individuals to enhance digital inclusion for people with disabilities.

Lucky Hunter and Diversity

Lucky Hunter is an IT recruitment agency that values diversity and inclusion in both our recruiting and company culture. We prioritise equal opportunities for all candidates. By embracing a multitude of viewpoints and experiences, we build strong teams and deliver comprehensive IT recruitment solutions. Together, we shape a brighter future for the industry.

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