Black tech workers hit by financial and emotional impact during COVID-19 pandemic

Lekan Olawoye, founder and CEO of the Black Professionals in Tech Network. BPTN

Black tech professionals are suffering both financial and emotional blows during the pandemic that are impacting their work, with almost 65 per cent reporting their employment or work life have been impacted by COVID-19, approximately 48 per cent of whom have also experienced a financial impact. 

The findings come from a pandemic and anti-racism task force created in May by the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) to gather data on how Black workers are faring and to produce a plan for companies to support them. Co-chaired by executives from Salesforce, Tableau and TD Bank, the task force includes 25 professionals from firms including CIBC, Accenture, LinkedIn and Shopify.

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