The Realities for Mums In Tech: MotherBoard x HeyFlow

An estimated 17,000 women left the UK tech industry between Q4 of 2022 and Q1 of 2023, with a further 3,000 leaving before Q2*. That’s roughly 110 a day.

We want to find out why.

Founded in 2021, MotherBoard is an ADLIB initiative founded to tackle the well-known gender inequity within the UK Tech Industry.

With women only making up 26% of the UK Tech workforce, and 50% of women leaving the workforce by age 35, as part of a collaboration with HeyFlow, MotherBoard is launching a survey for mothers in the tech industry to hear about their experiences with the realities of being a working mother in tech and how employers treated them during maternity leave and return to work.

With this data, we are looking to be able to put a case forward to bolster the evidence for government bodies and the MotherBoard Movement in creating tangible change for mothers in tech.

You can fill out the survey here:

Who this survey is for:

This survey is for mothers who are currently working or have previously worked in the UK Tech Industry.

Mothers of all types including:

  • Birth Mothers
  • Non-Birth Mothers
  • Adoptive Mothers
  • Step Mothers

Departments include:

  • Data
  • IT Operations
  • Product & Delivery
  • QA & Testing
  • Engineering, Development & Architecture
  • Design

 Survey details

  • The survey will remain open for ongoing tracking to see changes within the tech industry.

  • All data will be anonymised, but if you would like to reach out specifically to talk about your experience then please contact

*Source: ONS, 2023

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Sophie Creese