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Striving to create an organization, and by extension an industry, that truly reflects the diverse societies we work in has been a priority of ours for over a decade.  Our aim for the last few years has been to reach 40% women and underrepresented gender minorities (WUGM) [1] in tech roles, a goal that we are proud to have achieved. And while we are delighted to have come this far, the work doesn't stop with meeting a target - we will continue to build on this strong foundation. Below we share the current proportion of WUGM across our business. 

 

We know that diversity, especially at more senior levels, has a significant positive impact on our business and culture. So we are being intentional in creating the right opportunities, support systems and programs to ensure strong diversity at every level.  

 

Gender is not the only dimension of diversity we focus on, of course, but it is one that we pay close attention to in every region. Beyond gender, each region focuses on an additional dimension of diversity, these are based on race, disability, socio-economic background or other factors which are important in that geography.

 

All figures below are accurate as of September 30, 2023 and are updated at the end of each quarter. 

Women and underrepresented gender minorities (WUGM)

42.5%
42.5%

WUGM

 

All

This represents our gender diversity across the organization. [2]

39.9%
39.9%

WUGM

 

Tech

By 'tech' roles we mean those actively involved in the creation of technology products/software. We have been working towards 40% as a goal

62.4%
62.4%

WUGM

 

Non tech 

Those in roles that are non-tech, primarily operational and leadership roles.
37.5%
37.5%

WUGM

 

Global management team

Our senior leadership group.

Setting goals is an important way to remain on track, and to hold ourselves accountable. But numbers aren’t our main focus: genuine progress comes from weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into our everyday actions, business priorities and culture. You’ll find many stories of our programs of work, employee experiences, blogs and more in our culture hub.

39.9% WUGM in tech roles
39.9% WUGM in tech roles

Women and underrepresented gender minorities in tech roles

Why track women and underrepresented gender minorities in tech roles, specifically? Our CTO Emeritus, Rebecca Parsons explains: "Gender diversity in tech is one of the key areas of focus for us because we passionately believe that technology must be created by diverse teams that reflect society to better serve society. The industry still struggles with WUGM diversity, with women and people who identify as UGM leaving the industry at higher rates. We’re proud of the work we’ve done championing women and under-represented gender minorities (WUGM) in tech, but we still have a long way to go."

Global gender diversity by grade (tech roles)

 

Adopting a holistic approach to our efforts in gender diversity also includes an emphasis on parity and advancement. Metrics aside, a culture of inclusion and belonging backed by specific advancement opportunities and programs is critical, as we constantly see the under-representation of WUGM in tech. Our software delivery teams are created with a mix of skills, backgrounds, experiences etc. and we have a global system of grades and review process that ensures parity.

32.5%
32.5%

WUGM

 

Lead

30.7%
30.7%

WUGM

 

Principal

18.2%
18.2%

WUGM

 

Director

Joanna Parke, our Chief talent officer

Women and underrepresented gender minorities in leadership

 

"We're really proud that 37.5% of our global management team are WUGM. Tracking advancement versus just overall numbers is key to ensuring the right and fair opportunities are provided to women and underrepresented gender minorities across Thoughtworks. Initiatives like the global Women in Leadership Development program are designed to accelerate WUGM’s leadership and presence in Thoughtworks. Equal opportunity and, when necessary, equitable measures to ensure gender parity is what we continue to strive for." – Joanna Parke, Chief talent officer 

Global gender diversity by grade (operational and leadership roles)

62.6%
62.6%

WUGM

 

Lead

46.9%
46.9%

WUGM

 

Principal

34.8%
34.8%

WUGM

 

Director

37.5%
37.5%

WUGM

 

Global management team

James Grate, Global head of diversity, equity and inclusion
"Our diversity, equity and inclusion strategy is designed to involve every Thoughtworker.  It's essential to us that everyone feels they have both a voice and responsibility in fostering equity and belonging within their teams. To do so, we focus our efforts on operationalizing equitable practices and encoding those into thoughtful policies. Having shared metrics helps us focus and track our path of continuous improvement."
 
– James Grate, Global head of diversity, equity and inclusion  

 

[1] WUGM are self-identified. Figures accurate as of September 30, 2023 and will be updated following the close of every quarter.

[2] These figures do not incorporate new acquisitions, which will be included in this report 18 months from their acquisition date to allow time to align to the DEI best practices of Thoughtworks.