Dyslexic talent is just what the IT, Tech and Digital industries need

By Milly Moss, Co-founder & Communications Director

Even ten years ago, writing this headline would have seemed impossible.

Now, more than ever, I’m pleased that we’re working to debunk misconceptions around what it means to be neurodiverse. As a dyslexic communications consultant, I feel a strong urge to champion change because in our line of work, being different and thinking outside the box isn’t just okay, it’s crucial.

If you land on any job advert for, say a digital marketing officer, junior web developer or a junior software developer I bet you there’ll be several phrases in common:

These are skills and traits that people with dyslexia, autism and ADHD often have in abundance.

The diversity gap is widening

According to Tech employers only 3% of their employees have disclosed that they are neurodivergent while more than half of UK tech workers identify as being neurodivergent. And only 23% say their employer has neurodiversity-friendly hiring practices.*

Let that sink in a minute.

Without doubt, Tech is an industry that attracts neurodivergent people – so why the disparity?

As a small neurodivergent collective, we at EnterTech are committed to advocating for more neurodiverse females in the IT, Tech and Digital industries, not just because there is a glaring diversity problem (only 21% of senior tech roles are filled by women) but because these neurodiverse minds are well suited to help drive forward these innovative and fast-moving sectors.

Being neurodiverse has profoundly shaped me as a person and my career. I believe I’m more empathetic because of it and, conversely, a better communicator. My dyslexia means that unintentionally or sometimes very intentionally, I may challenge the status quo. If I don’t understand a process, or if it just plain doesn’t make sense why it’s done in a certain way, I’ll likely tell you. Neurodiverse people glance at the playbook and then either tear it up or start rewriting it in a way that makes sense to them, and this can be both incredibly exciting to an organsation or very challenging.

The task of the IT, Tech and Digital industries is to be as open minded to that as possible, after all, that’s how we evolve.

*Diversity in Tech Report, 2024, Tech Talent Charter 

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