About TECH TALENT CHARTER

What, why, and who is the TTC?

What is the Tech Talent Charter?

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) was founded by a number of organisations across the recruitment, tech and social enterprise fields and has been supported by the UK Digital Strategy since 2017. The TTC is run as an industry collective, as we recognise that only through working together and joining forces, can any real meaningful change happen. The Tech Talent Charter, written by Sinead Bunting, became a Community Interest Company in 2017, is run as a not for profit organisation and it is free to become a signatory.

The TTC is for organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to large multinationals, 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.

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What is the Tech Talent Charter?

Why the Tech Talent Charter?

With widespread disruption, companies must innovate continuously, creating new markets, experiences, products and services. Companies that do not represent their customer base and do not include diverse perspectives, especially in decision-making seats, will be left behind.

Currently, just 19% of UK IT professionals are female (according to figures in a Q3 2020 report from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT) and only one in ten females are currently taking A-Level computer studies.
14% of the UK working population is from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background yet only 8.5% of senior leaders in the tech sector are BAME**.
19% of the UK working population has a disability yet only
With an estimated 600,000 vacancies in digital technology in the UK**, it is clear we are not attracting and including all the available talent. This costs our economy an estimated £63 billion each year**.

** 2018 Inclusive Tech Alliance Report, *** 2018 Edge Foundation Report

Tech Talent Charter (TTC) was created because solving the diversity problem in tech requires a collective effort across companies and sectors. Our mission is to connect the dots not to reinvent the wheel by:

  • facilitating collaboration across organisations and across sectors
  • curating insights in our Open Playbook to support companies to improve their D&I strategies across the entire talent pipeline
  • managing a unique I&D Directory to help members connect in the space
  • producing annual benchmarking data, helping  Signatories to measure the diversity profile of their workforce and track progress
  • spotlighting the work of Signatories to improve their employer brand.

Leadership

Ian Andrews

Ian Andrews
Director

Barik Chowdhury

Barik Chowdhury
Director

Rebecca Donnelly

Rebecca Donnelly
Director

Edleen John

Edleen John
Director

Leigh Smyth

Leigh Smyth
Director

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster MBE
CEO

Lexie Papaspyrou

Lexie Papaspyrou
COO

Advisory

Sinead Bunting

Sinead Bunting
Special Advisor

Andy Givens

Andy Givens
Special Advisor

Are you ready to join us in delivering greater workforce inclusion and diversity?

Sign up to become a Signatory of the Charter and demonstrate your company's commitment to driving inclusion, enhancing your brand as an employer of choice.