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.
On 17 September 2019 the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the third round of funding for the TTC supporting ambitions for the Charter to grow to 600 Signatories by the end of 2020.
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.
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.