Data Collection

Mandatory Survey Questions (2021) - Section 1: Basic Info

What is your organisation's name?

Make sure the organisation name you provide in this field matches the name your organisation uses to sign up to the TTC. We use your answer to track who has completed the survey so we don’t send you reminders once you have submitted your data. 

What is the email address for your organisation's Tech Talent Charter Principal or Data contact?

We ask this question so we can send you a copy of your responses for your records; this will happen automatically upon you submitting your data. We also use this to track who has completed the survey so we don’t send you reminders once you have submitted your data. If you’re not sure who your Principal or Data contact is, you can contact us to ask. 

In which month was your organisation's data snapshot for this survey taken?

You are allowed to submit data for this survey that was collected on any date between 1st March 2021 and 30th September 2021. We are asking you to tell us which month your data snapshot was from. For example, if you ran HR reports in mid May to pull data from your systems for the survey, and then you reported this data to us at the end of August, please select "May" as your answer. 

Ideally the data you submit should be from a single snapshot in time. However, we appreciate this might not be possible for some organisations. If a single month is not possible to report, because data was collected at different times, please select the month in which you collected most of your data.

If you have queries about this, please contact Lexie at the TTC.

 

Which industry does your organisation operate in?

Please select the industry that best reflects your organisation from the dropdown list.  When you start typing your answer into the Typeform field, a dropdown list will appear and filter to a more condensed list to make it easier for you to select your option. 

Please note, this list is different from the industry list we used last year. 

The dropdown list will allow you to select one of the following options:

Accounting
Airlines/Aviation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Medicine
Animation
Apparel & Fashion
Architecture & Planning
Arts and Crafts
Automotive
Aviation & Aerospace
Banking
Biotechnology
Broadcast Media
Building Materials
Business Supplies and Equipment
Capital Markets
Chemicals
Civic & Social Organization
Civil Engineering
Commercial Real Estate
Computer & Network Security
Computer Games
Computer Hardware
Computer Networking
Computer Software
Internet
Construction
Consumer Electronics
Consumer Goods
Consumer Services
Cosmetics
Cybersecurity
Dairy
Defense & Space
Design
Education Management
E-Learning
Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing
Entertainment
Environmental Services
Events Services
Executive Office
Facilities Services
Farming
Financial Services
Fine Art
Fishery
Food & Beverages
Food Production
Fund-Raising
Furniture
Gambling & Casinos
Glass, Ceramics & Concrete
Government Administration
Government Relations
Graphic Design
Health, Wellness and Fitness
Higher Education
Hospital & Health Care
Hospitality
Human Resources
Import and Export
Individual & Family Services
Industrial Automation
Information Services
Information Technology and Services
Insurance
International Affairs
International Trade and Development
Investment Banking
Investment Management
Judiciary
Law Enforcement
Law Practice
Legal Services
Legislative Office
Leisure, Travel & Tourism
Libraries
Logistics and Supply Chain
Luxury Goods & Jewelry
Machinery
Management Consulting
Maritime
Market Research
Marketing and Advertising
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering
Media Production
Medical Devices
Medical Practice
Mental Health Care
Military
Mining & Metals
Motion Pictures and Film
Museums and Institutions
Music
Nanotechnology
Newspapers
Nonprofit Organization Management
Oil & Energy
Online Media
Outsourcing/Offshoring
Package/Freight Delivery
Packaging and Containers
Paper & Forest Products
Performing Arts
Pharmaceuticals
Philanthropy
Photography
Plastics
Political Organization
Primary/Secondary Education
Printing
Professional Training & Coaching
Program Development
Public Policy
Public Relations and Communications
Public Safety
Publishing
Railroad Manufacture
Ranching
Real Estate
Recreational Facilities and Services
Religious Institutions
Renewables & Environment
Research
Restaurants
Retail
Security and Investigations
Semiconductors
Shipbuilding
Sporting Goods
Sports
Staffing and Recruiting
Supermarkets
Telecommunications
Textiles
Think Tanks
Tobacco
Translation and Localization
Transportation/Trucking/Railroad
Utilities
Venture Capital & Private Equity
Veterinary
Warehousing
Wholesale
Wine and Spirits
Wireless
Writing and Editing
In which country are your organisation's main HQ?

If your organisation is international/global, please tell us which country the most significant HQs of the organisation are located. 

If your organisation is UK-based, please tell us the country within the UK in which your organisation's main HQs are located. 

In which region are the majority of your UK tech roles based?

In asking this question we are seeking an indication of the regional presence of organisations rather than an exact measure of all tech employees per region.

We are therefore not asking for the exact numbers of role holders per region.  Rather, we want to know which regional situations are most significant in terms of headcount for each Signatory.

Please base your response on the office location to which the majority of tech roles are linked as opposed to the addresses of employees.

You can only select one option and it should reflect the answer for the majority of your tech roles. 

The options you can select are:

  • London
  • South East
  • South West
  • East of England
  • West Midlands
  • East Midlands
  • Yorkshire and Humber
  • North East,North West
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • Roles are spread evenly across different regions of the UK
  • Roles are mainly location agnostic or remote such that office locations are not relevant to where most employees work.
  • We have no tech roles within our organization.

If your employees are able to work remotely day to day but are expected to be present at a specific office location on a regular frequency (e.g. every week / fortnight / month) please report the office location. from the dropdown list.

May we have your permission to keep a copy of your data submission?

Answer options are:

  • Yes
  • No

If you are happy for us to do so, we can keep a copy of your submission. We are offering to do this in response to Signatory feedback; organizations have previously asked us to send them their data submission from the prior year, particularly in cases where the data submission might be delegated to different people or where a role-holder might change.

TTC will not be using data for anything other than the production of the TTCs annual report, or to send a submission back to a Signatory at their request.

If you select "yes" to this question, you can still contact us at any time to have your organisation's submission deleted in the future. 

The request to retrieve your submission can be made via email by one of the named TTC contacts at your organisation. 

We would like to be able to follow up with you if we have any questions about your submission. May a member of the TTC team reach out to the TTC contacts at your organisation about the contents of your submission during the data report process?

We are asking this question because we may wish to feature your organisation in our annual report for a positive reason, for example, a quote or case study. 

This question is only asking for permission for us to contact you to discuss the specifics of this with you; you can still say "no" to being included in the report during any discussions if you feel this isn't right for you after speaking to us. 

Answer options:

  • Yes
  • No

If you selected "no" you will be prompted to give your reason. This will help us understand how we can better support our Signatories with the data collection process in future. 

 

How many UK-based tech jobs are there are your organisation?

Please provide the specific number of tech roles.

You should include remote or location agnostic role holders in this category if the individual is tax resident in the UK. 

In the context of our survey any reference to “technical”/"tech" roles refers to those which require digital technology skills. Although a person might be referred to as a technical specialist in their field due to their specialised knowledge of that area, if the use of “technical” in that context does not relate to digital and technology focused skills, please do not include them in this category. The TTC uses this government guidance as a guideline for what would fall into this category. However, there may be situations where you have to consider unique roles at your organisation which may be considered technical even if they are not on this list. For example, at a technical product company a consultant or account manager might be considered a technical role due to the nature of the tasks they undertake day to day interacting with a digital technical tool for example. In other companies those same roles may not be technical. Where you find ambiguous cases, please use your best judgement as to whether that role actually requires technical skills as opposed to just having information about or from a technical product or system. You can contact the TTC if you are unsure. 

Mandatory Survey Questions (2021) - Section 2: Tech Jobs by Gender

How many of these UK-based tech jobs are held by men?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

 
How many of these UK-based tech jobs are held by women?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of these UK-based tech jobs are held by people who prefer not to disclose their gender?

Please include in this category people who have specifically been asked about their gender identity and have declined to share it either actively (i.e. in their survey response they selected an option not to disclose their gender), or passively (i.e. by not responding to a survey/declining to participate).

Do not include in this category people who have not been asked to disclose their gender identity; you will have the option to supply this number in a later question. 

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organisation that you reported in section 1. 

Do you collect gender data for genders other than: man, woman?

The answer options to this question are:

  • Yes
  • No

 

How many of these UK-based tech jobs are known to be held by people who are non binary or an other gender?

You will only be shown this question if you indicated in the previous question that you collect data for genders other than: man, woman.

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of these UK-based jobs are held by people who have not been asked about their gender and therefore their gender (or preference not to disclose it) is unknown?

This question aims to ask how many people in your organisation have not been asked about their gender identity. It does not include people who have been asked to provide their gender identity but have expressed that they do not wish to share this data. 

We ask this question because we appreciate that there are some organizations who only ask this information at specific times and therefore, they may not have a complete dataset at all times. 

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

Mandatory Survey Questions (2021) - Section 3: Tech Jobs by Ethnicity

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who are Asian or Asian British?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who are Black, African, Caribbean or Black British?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who are mixed or multiple ethnic groups?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who are White?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who are any other ethnicity?

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

How many of the total number of UK-based tech jobs are held by people who prefer not to disclose their ethnicity?

Please include in this category people who have specifically been asked about their ethnicity and have declined to share it either actively (i.e. in their survey response they selected an option not to disclose their ethnicity), or passively (i.e. by not responding to a survey/declining to participate).

Do not include in this category people who have not been asked to disclose their ethnicity; you will have the option to supply this number in a later question. 

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organisation that you reported in section 1. 

 
How many of these UK-based tech jobs are held by people who have not been asked to disclose their ethnicity and therefore their ethnicity (or preference not to disclose it) is unknown?

This question aims to ask how many people in your organisation have not been asked about their ethnic identity such that your organisation cannot measure its ethnic diversity. It does not include people who have been asked to provide their ethnic identity but have expressed that they do not wish to share this data. 

We ask this question because we appreciate that there are some organizations who only ask this information at specific times and therefore, they may not have a complete dataset at all times. 

The sum of the numbers reported in this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organization that you reported in section 1. 

Edge case guidance: 

If you collect ethnicity data as part of a larger organisation but you cannot segment your data for just your organisation, (e.g. you are a department within a university, where the university collects ethnicity data, but you cannot segment this for your specific department) please report your roles in this category as "unknown" and then provide additional details of your circumstance in the final open text question of Section 3. This will enable us to categorise your response properly when we come to aggregate and analyse the data.  

Are there any other ethnicity categorisations you used for measuring ethnic diversity in UK-based tech roles, which you were not able to account for in your answers above? If so, what is/are the categorisation(s) and how many UK-based tech jobs are held by people in these categories? Please write your answer in the open text field below. We recommend you read the accompanying guidance before answering this question.

We have asked this question as a catch-all, to allow organisations who have used different ethnicity categories to the ones in our survey to report their categories and the number of role holders in them. 

You can also use this field to indicate any other relevant details about your ethnicity data collection, which are not easily accounted for in the questions above.

You do not need to answer this question if you have already provided a complete ethnicity breakdown of UK-based tech roles at your organisation into the categories we have already asked about above.

If you have already accounted for all of your organisation's UK-based tech role holders  in your answers to the questions above this one, please write "Not Applicable" as your answer.

If you do need to provide additional information about ethnic diversity in this field, below is an example of how an organisation might answer this question.

For example: if your organisation measures the number of UK-based tech role holders who are White, and the number of  UK-based tech role holders who belong to all ethnic minorities, but not disaggregated by the categories in our survey (Asian, Black, White, Other, prefer not to disclose and ethnicity unknown) you could provide an answer for the number of White UK-based tech role holders in the relevant question above,  write "0" in the answer fields for the rest of the ethnicity categories,  and then in this field, write "ethnic minorities hold [X] UK-tech roles at our organisation. We do not have this data disaggregated by individual ethnic minority group".

Another example of how you might wish to use this field would be in the event of a Signatory belonging to a larger organisation e.g. if you are a department at a university, who is independently signed up to the TTC, and where you have ethnicity data at university level but not at department level. You could then write: "We have reported all tech roles in our organisation as unknown, because we collect this information at a university level, but we do not have it disaggregated at the IT department level, and therefore our ethnicity data for the department is unknown."

The sum of the numbers reported in each question  of this section must equal the total number of UK-based tech roles at your organisation that you reported in section 1. 

Mandatory Survey Questions (2021) -Section 4: Your Data Collection Process

Which of the following characteristics do you track using a self-identification survey completed by individuals?

Options are:

  • Gender
  • Orientation
  • Neurodiversity/Learning Differences
  • Disability/Long-standing health conditions
  • Ethnicity
  • Socio-economic background
  • Age
  • Religion/deeply held belief
  • We don't track any employee characteristics
  • We track but not via self identification
  • Another characteristic not listed above (if you select this option you will be prompted to tell us what they are in an open text field).

You can select as many options from the list as you like. 

Do you plan to make any changes to your D&I data collection processes in the coming year? If so, what are they?

As this question relates to the organization's future strategies/approach to D&I, if you are the TTCs data contact who has been asked to collate and submit data on behalf of your organization, you may find this question needs to be answered by someone who is directly involved in setting the D&I strategy for the business. If you are unsure please speak to your organization's Principal contact for the TTC.

This question seeks to understand how your organization might evolve, grow or change your D&I data collection in the coming year. We are interested to know if you have plans to discuss or consider things like:

  • Collecting employee data for additional/other lenses of diversity (lenses are topic areas within D&I. Examples include: gender, ethnicity, disability, neurodiversity, socio-economic background etc.) that you do not currently measure. 
  • Different types of data such as pay gap data, retention data, or promotion data etc.
  • Reduction of data collection.
  • Collecting data from additional groups of people for example job candidates, contractors or suppliers. 

Please tell us what these changes are/might be and why you have made them/are considering them.

Please do include changes that are in consideration even if they are not formally signed off within your organization, because this helps us understand avenues of interest and concern. You can specify which ideas are concrete plans and which are topics of discussion in your answer. 

 

How many technical roles within your organization are outsourced?

The answer options to this question are:

  • All technical roles are outsourced
  • Some technical roles are outsourced
  • No technical roles are outsouced
  • Unknown/we do not collect this data

Outsourced roles refers to any tech roles where the role is conducted by a person who is not an employee, including contractors, consultants, and nearshore solutions.

Mandatory Questions (2021) - Section 5: Open Text questions about D&I at your organisation

Please tell us about the practice, intervention or effort that has had the most positive impact on diversity and inclusion at your organisation? Please tell us why you gave this answer and how you measured it.

This is an open text answer. 

This question aims to understand which D&I practices have the most significant impact on diversity metrics. We are looking to understand how your organisation applied and measured them and what the general results were.

In your answer please tell us why you have given your answer and give detail how you measured it

You do not need to provide measurement figures for your answer unless you wish to.

Please consider how you would rank your D&I interventions by results and tell us about the most impactful rather than everything you are doing. 

If you have multiple high performing  initiatives that are equally impactful, please feel free to tell us about more than one; just bear in mind that we are only seeking to understand about those that have been the most positively impactful.

What's the most pressing D&I related problem or question that your organization would benefit from answering/resolving?

This is an open text answer. 

We are asking this question to understand which themes within the D&I issue area are most challenging to organisations. 

We would like you to provide detail such as: what the issue is, why this issue is the most important to your organisation and how it affects your organisation. If possible, please tell us what you have already done to try and address this question or issue and how your progress has been toward answering or resolving it. 

Whilst we are looking to understand what the most pressing issues/questions are, please feel free to add more than one, if they are more than one. Just bear in mind that we are seeking to understand the most important ones, rather than everything.  

Your answer does not need to include any numeric data or performance metrics; we are seeking to understand the broader themes experienced by our Signatories collectively and no challenges will be made identifiable at a company level in the report.

Optional Questions (2021) - Section 6: Tech Skills and Career Paths

Do you run any tech training or tech career initiatives that are designed to appeal specifically to minority groups? If yes, what are they and who are they aimed at?

If you are happy to answer this question but do not run any such initiatives, please write "we do not run any such initiatives" as your answer and feel free to give additional relevant detail.

Do you track staff retention and/or career progression for people in minority groups? If yes, what do you track and by which diversity characteristics do you segment your data?

If you are happy to answer this question but do not measure this information, please write "we do not measure this" as your answer and feel free to give additional relevant detail.

FAQs about the data collection process

Why does the TTC require your organisation's data?

Your data enables us to provide a unique lens on diversity and inclusion in tech in the UK. We use it to create our annual Diversity in Tech report

“What isn’t measured isn’t managed” is a key belief underpinning the TTC. And so, one of the four pledges of a TTC Signatory is to measure their employee diversity and to share that data. 

The anonymous and aggregated data provided by Signatory organisations (now numbering over 600) allows us to create a unique report on diversity and inclusion in tech in the UK. And the report enables you to benchmark your progress against other groups of organizations (segmented by industry, size etc) and to understand what others are doing to drive progress.

When to submit your data

The data collection window will open on Monday 2nd August 2021 and the deadline for submitting data is Thursday 30th September 2021. 

 
How to submit your data

‘Submitting your data’ means inputting your organisation’s data into a Typeform survey online, which must be completed in one sitting.

The survey will go live on Monday 2nd August and a link to the survey will be emailed to Signatories. Once the survey launches you will also be able to access the survey link on this page via a red button at the top and bottom of the page.

The last day you will be able to submit data into the Typeform is 30th September. The data collection window is the period of time from 2nd August to 30th September.

You will also receive a link to download this data collection spreadsheet, which we encourage you to use to record answers to the survey before submitting them in the Typeform. We send this to you before the data collection window opens so you can gather your data in advance and can do this in multiple sittings. If you collect all your answers in the spreadsheet and have them ready before you start filling out the Typeform, you will find it easier to make your Typeform submission, which must be done in one sitting, once the data submission window opens. 

We will send your Principal and Data contacts email reminders to submit your data before and during the data submission period.

 
What to do if you have queries about submitting your data

Please refer to our Survey FAQs where you will find answers to questions we’ve received in the past.

Alternatively, please contact Lexie Papaspyrou at the Tech Talent Charter via email (mapping@techtalentcharter.co.uk) if you have any questions.

You can also attend one of our Data Collection Q&A sessions which we will run throughout the data collection period. These sessions will give you the opportunity to speak directly to Lexie at the TTC about the data gathering, get an overview of the process and ask any questions you may have.  If you would like to attend a Q&A session but can't make the date and time, please get in touch.

What happens if you don't submit your data?

We will reach out to you - by emailing the people you listed as the main TTC contacts at your organization - throughout the data collection window to ensure that you have received the information you need to submit your data and to give you the opportunity to reach out with any queries on the data collection process. 

If you do not submit your data by the deadline  (and have not been in touch with us to discuss any support or accommodations you need to complete this requirement) we will remove your organization from the TTC. This will include removing your company logos and references from our websites, asking you to remove TTC  branding/references from your own materials and being removed from our Signatory-exclusive networks.

We always work hard to ensure this cannot happen by accident! If you have any concerns or difficulties in meeting the data submission requirements, please talk to us ASAP. We will do whatever we can to help you stay a Signatory and in many cases we can support organizations with certain challenges to help them retain Signatory status by making accommodations where possible. 

How will the security and anonymity of the data be managed?

We collect your data using a platform called Typeform, which is a commonly used survey tool. The data submitted into Typeform can only be accessed by the specific members of the TTC team who work on the annual report, the TTC data controller and a designated member of staff employed by our longstanding research partner, Attest. Only the individuals listed above have access to read the raw data from your submission, and all are under NDA with TTC not to use this information except for the purposes of producing the Diversity in Tech Report. 

Attest have sponsored the TTC and managed Signatory data for our annual report for the past three years, since the TTCs inception. Their role typically includes: cleaning the data, anonymizing submissions, aggregating the data so that submissions cannot be traced back to a single organization based on certain characteristics, and analysing the data with members of the TTC team. 

Attest download the data submissions from Typeform in order to undertake these activities. Attest is an Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) Registered Data Controller (ZA120737), use SSL encryption, and run on secure servers to ensure data is treated securely.

Once the dataset has been fully anonymised and aggregated to prevent identification of individual organizations, the TTC may invite other individuals to help with data analysis of the anonymised dataset. These individuals do not see the raw dataset at any point. All individuals who are given access to the data in either raw or anonymised format, are required to sign an NDA.  

We collect two pieces of personal data during our data collection process: the name of the individual who is submitting the data on behalf of their organization, and their work email address. We only use this information in very limited specified ways: to send an automated email to you to confirm your submission details, and to update our records that your company has fulfilled submission requirements. Once we have completed the data collection process, this personal data is removed from your submission prior to the analysis phase, and we then delete the entire dataset from Typeform once our annual report for that year is completed, unless you have specifically indicated that you would like us to keep a record of the submission on file.

The data used in the report is anonymised and aggregated so no part of your submission is identifiable. The only exception to this is if we have your express permission to identify your organisation for a specific reason, such as for a case study. In these circumstances we will follow up with your organisation directly after our data collection phase completes, to discuss the specific case with you and seek your permission.

TTC has a standard NDA available to sign with Signatories if desired. If your organisation would like an NDA in place, please contact us on hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk and we can send you our standard NDA to countersign and keep on file.

What to do if you need advice on collecting D&I data at your organization

If you aren't already collecting D&I data at your organization, please have a look at the TTC Open Playbook, which has a section dedicated to data collection. The resources in this section have been developed by professionals in the TTC Signatory network and are free to use. 

The survey doesn't seem relevant for our organisation - do we still need to fill it in?

Yes!

You must still complete this survey even if you are:

- An extremely small, or single person organisation. 

- An organisation with no/few tech employees

- A service-provider organisation, such as but not limited to, a staffing and recruiting business or a D&I consultancy business. 

- A third sector organisation such as a charity.

By submitting the survey you are helping us to better understand D&I in tech across various sectors. You are also helping us to understand the nature of the challenges faced by businesses of different sizes and industries.  You may also help us to identify new perspectives on the problems and solutions pertinent to D&I in tech issues. 

If you have any questions, please speak to us, as failure to submit your data will result in your organisation being removed as a TTC Signatory. 

You can contact Anna Hannis at the TTC on hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk

 

Will we get any public recognition for honouring our data pledge to the TTC?

We would love to celebrate Signatories who have continued to show their commitment to D&I by honouring their data pledge to the TTC.

We have created two images for social media that you can download and pass to your social media person/team to post or schedule.

Once you have submitted your data to TTC you can publish the images on your social media as a badge of having contributed to ongoing efforts to improve D&I in tech. Please tag TTC in your posts too and we will then amplify them through our networks. 

The two images can be downloaded here:

Option 1

Option 2

Please note that if you publish these before you have submitted your data, we will contact you to ask you to take them down until your submission has been made.

 

I'm getting reminder emails from you when I don't think I should be

Our reminder system this year is based on whether you click on a link in our email to tell us you have your data submission in hand. When you click this link, we update our email list so that you do not receive as many reminder emails from us. 

However, sometimes certain organisation firewalls do not allow our CRM to track when you have clicked the link in our emails.  In these instances, we sometimes don't get the update from you and may therefore end up contacting you again. 

If this happens, apologies! We do our best to try and avoid chasing people. The best thing to do is to reply to our email to let us know, and we can then manually update our lists. 

 

 

FAQs about Typeform

"Can I start the data submission and then save it to return to it later?"

You cannot save your work and return to it later in Typeform.

But...

We will send Signatories a spreadsheet with all the survey questions and answer options in it. This will be emailed to your data and principal contacts in July. The spreadsheet is provided to help you collect all your data in one place, in multiple sittings. Then, once you are ready, you can submit all the information into the Typeform survey in one sitting, by copying it in from the spreadsheet. This way, if anything interrupts you during your Typeform submission, you will have not lost your answers and can quickly resubmit them. 

"Typeform seems to be stuck on one question screen and I can’t see how to progress”

There are several ways to move through the Typeform. If your progress seems to be stuck try the following:

  • Scroll down with your mouse or trackpad. This should take you to the next question.
  • Press your ‘Enter’/ ‘Return’ key which should take you to the next question.
  • Use the cursor to click the turquoise “up” or “down” arrow icons on the Typeform screen. These will navigate you to the previous question or next question respectively. 
  • Check you have completed any mandatory question; you will not be able to scroll beyond certain points if required information is missing. 
“The Typeform question numbers don’t match the ones in the data collection spreadsheet.”

In some situations your answer to a question will result in subsequent questions being skipped because they are not relevant. In these instances the numbering on Typeform may vary to the data collection spreadsheet but you should be able to relocate your new position in the questions by scanning the question text. 

"I can't access Typeform from my organization - what should I do?"

If you can't access the Typeform survey, please contact Lexie Papaspyrou on mapping@techtalentcharter.co.uk who can help arrange an alternative way to submit your organisation's data.

In the past we have allowed organisation's who have this challenge to submit their data on a spreadsheet, which one of the TTC team will then enter into the Typeform on their behalf, before deleting the file. 

If you're not sure whether you can access Typeform at your organisation, you can try this test survey link, to see if you can access the platform ahead of the real survey launch on 2nd August. 

 

FAQs about the survey questions

“What do you mean when you say ‘technical roles’?”

In the context of our survey any reference to “technical” roles refers to those which require digital technology skills. Although a person might be referred to as a technical specialist in their field due to their specialised knowledge of that area, if the use of “technical” in that context does not relate to digital and technology focused skills, please do not include them in this category. The TTC uses this government guidance as a guideline for what would fall into this category. However, there may be situations where you have to consider unique roles at your organisation which may be considered technical even if they are not on this list. For example, at a technical product company a consultant or account manager might be considered a technical role due to the nature of the tasks they undertake day to day interacting with a highly technical tool for example. In other companies those same roles may not be technical. Where you find ambiguous cases, please use your best judgement as to whether that role actually requires technical skills as opposed to just having information about or from a technical product or system. You can contact the TTC if you are unsure. 

“What reporting period should I use to answer the questions?”

Data submitted to this survey can be taken from any single date between 1st March 2021 and 30th September 2021. 

We have done this to allow organizations to use data they have collected through a wider window of the year. 

If your organization is struggling to provide data from within this window please contact Lexie Papaspyrou on mapping@techtalentcharter.co.uk

“What does ‘Orientation’ mean?”

This refers to a person’s sexual or romantic orientation or lack thereof. Minorities under this characteristic would for example include (amongst others) people who are lesbian, gay , bi or ace. For more detail on orientation, you can look at Stonewall’s glossary of terms, which is what we used as a reference.

“What does ‘D&I' mean?”

D&I is a common abbreviation for "Diversity and Inclusion". There are a number of other abbreviations for this topic area. Some common ones include:

"I&D" = Inclusion & Diversity

"EDI" = Equality/Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

"DIB" = Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

For the purposes of this survey, you could effectively substitute "D&I" with whatever term you use in your organisation.

"Why are the survey questions different to last year?"

Historically the TTC has not held a longitudinal dataset. This has meant that we have the freedom each year to vary our questions to the most pertinent issues at the time. 

This year and moving forward, we are focusing on obtaining the most consistent dataset across all Signatories to ensure our analysis is as reliable and accurately reflective as possible. The changes we have made include making more of our survey questions mandatory. You can see this specifically with reporting of ethnicity data, which we announced would become mandatory last year.

We still have a keen interest in the types of optional questions we have asked in previous years. We are therefore developing our research approach by focusing our annual data collection on a mainly mandatory set of consistent questions, which we will slowly add to year on year, and just a couple of optional questions.

Then, throughout the year we will contact specific Signatories to invite them to fill out short, qualitative, optional surveys focused on particular topics of interest. We plan to pair these optional surveys with consumer research to provide richer insights for our Signatory base at a handful of points throughout the year rather than at a single annual point. We are using this model based on the success of the special Recruitment segment of our 2020 report. 

This is a new process in the TTCs evolution, and there is always room for improvement, so please do share your thoughts and feedback with us by contacting Lexie Papaspyrou on mapping@techtalentcharter.co.uk

 

 

 

"How do I suggest a question for the TTCs survey?"

We absolutely welcome input from Signatories on the types of questions you feel it would be helpful for the TTC to ask and answer in our annual report. 

In fact, one of the mandatory questions we ask this year is what D&I questions Signatories would most like TTC to shed light on through our data gathering/research.

We are publishing our survey questions well in advance of the survey going live so that you have time to suggest any optional questions you would like us to consider asking this year. Where viable. we will endeavour to add suggestions to the optional questions for this year. 

To suggest a question, please email Lexie Papaspyrou.

For any questions we cannot add to the main survey this year, we will take them under advisement to be included in optional surveys later in the year and/or the data collection in 2022. 

"I have queries about one of the survey questions that has not been addressed on this page - what should I do?"

If you have any questions about any of the survey questions, please contact Lexie Papaspyrou on mapping@techtalentcharter.co.uk

You can also attend one of our Data Collection Q&A sessions in which we will run throughout the data collection process and then answer any participant questions.  If you would like to attend a Q&A session but can't make the date and time, please get in touch. 

Alternatively if you'd prefer to ask your question over a private call, please feel free to book one.