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.

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.

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Why the TECH TALENT CHARTER?

Currently, just 16% of UK IT professionals are female* 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 9% of IT specialists in the UK have a disability*.

And 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**.

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. 

The 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.

* 2019 BCS Insights Report, ** 2018 Inclusive Tech Alliance Report, *** 2018 Edge Foundation Report

Who makes up the Board ?

The TECH TALENT CHARTER Board of Directors:

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