Tech Talent Charter
Bringing together industries and organisations to drive diversity and address gender imbalance in technology roles.
The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that better reflects the make-up of the population. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, in March 2017 the TTC was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy.
What is the TECH TALENT CHARTER?
(TTC) was founded by a number of organisations across the recruitment, tech and social enterprise fields and was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy in March 2017. The Tech Talent Charter is run as an industry collective, as we recognise that only through working together and joining forces, can any real meaningful change happen.
The TTC is for Start-ups to Multi-Nationals spanning all industry sectors from entertainment to banking. Essentially, if you employ tech talent and are keen to do more than talk about the problems then do SIGN UP. Together we can create solutions, take action and share best practice.
Why the TECH TALENT CHARTER?
Just 17% of Tech/ICT workers in the UK are female, only one in ten females are currently taking A-Level computer studies, and yet there is a looming digital skills gap where the UK needs one million more tech workers by 2020. Half the population cannot be ignored, and nor should it be, if there is to be a more diverse, inclusive, fairer and commercially successful tech workforce and industry. The Charter encourages and supports signatories to tackle this head-on by undertaking to:
- Support attraction, recruitment and retention practices that are designed to increase the diversity of their workforce;
- Define their own timetable for change and implement the strategy that is right for their organisation (acknowledging that all signatories will have different starting points);
- Measure the diversity profile of their UK employees and to share this data for (anonymous) collective publication.