Women make up nearly half the UK workforce yet are still underrepresented in data and technology professions. Gender diversity is crucial for innovation; it encourages different perspectives, promotes richer discussion, and effectively drives better change and solutions. The Financial Conduct Authority is proud to partner with Women in Data so that together, we can drive change and improve the representation of women across data and technology.
Financial markets need to be honest, fair and effective so that consumers get a fair deal. We aim to make the markets work well – for individuals, for business, large and small, and for the economy as a whole. We do this by regulating the conduct of more than 59,000 businesses. We are also the prudential regulator for more than 18,000 of these businesses. The FCA is responsible for regulating a sector which plays a critical role in the lives of everyone in theUK and without which the modern economy could not function. From children’s ISAs to pensions, direct debits to credit cards, loans to investments – how well financial markets work has a fundamental impact on us all. UK financial services employ over 2.2 million people and contribute £65.6bn in tax to the UK economy. If UK markets work well, competitively and fairly they benefit customers, staff and shareholders, and maintain confidence in the UK as a major global financial hub. Our role is to help ensure this happens.