Welcome to THE
TECH TALENT CHARTER

You are new to the TTC - so what now?

Learn what it means to be a TTC Signatory organisation, about the benefits and how to promote that your organisation is a Signatory.

What does it mean to be a Signatory?

Being a Signatory means an organisation has made a commitment to work together to increase the inclusion and diversity of the tech workforce in the UK in a measurable way. Read more about this commitment below.

The commitment that each Signatory has made

People, Plan, Practice, and Data

People

A Senior Signatory with responsibility for the Charter commitments, and providing TTC with a Principal, Data and PR contact.

  1. Senior Signatory - the senior TTC representative for your company and the person who is leading on the commitments your company made when signing up as a Signatory. We do not prescribe who should be, but recommend that it is someone who makes sense both internally and externally.
  2. Principal Contact - the person responsible for liaising with the TTC directly and included in all our communications with your company.
  3. Data Contact - the person who completes your company's data submission in August/September annually which feeds into our Diversity in Tech Report. For more information on our annual data submission requirement please see our data collection webpage.
  4. PR Contact - the person responsible for liaising with the TTC in relation to press opportunities, logos, quotes, social media etc.

Plan

Employers of tech
Developing a plan to improve inclusion and diversity; including adopting inclusive recruitment and promotion processes and practices to support the development and retention of a diverse workforce (there are several examples and resources to support with this in our Open Playbook); OR

Consultants, Recruiters and other partners
Developing a plan to work with employers/clients to improve their inclusion and diversity in tech; supporting them to adopt inclusive recruitment and promotion processes and practices.

Practice

Collaborating with other Signatory organisations and the TTC to share what has worked (and what has not worked) to create greater inclusion and diversity.

Data

Every September, contributing employment diversity data (anonymised and aggregated) for publication in our annual Diversity in Tech report. Please read further info about this mandatory reporting requirement.

There are several tips about how to gather workforce inclusion and diversity data in our recent hackathon product on this topic.

What organisations gain from being a Signatory

Did you know that Microsoft lists the TTC as the key partner for Diversity for their Partner Pledge?

Collaboration

There are over 650 Signatory organisations with whom your organisation can learn from, and share and access practical tools and materials.

A Broader Toolkit

Access sector-leading insights, programmes, initiatives and practices to improve your inclusion strategy: Open Playbook

Attraction and Engagement

Being a TTC Signatory demonstrates your organisation's commitment to driving inclusion, enhancing your brand as an employer of choice. TTC aims to highlight and celebrate the actions your organisation is taking and to share good practice through our Toolkit.

Benchmarking

Signatories can access data to understand your organisation's position across a range of indicators in relation to inclusion and diversity: Diversity in Tech Report

The TTC core contact roles - and what they mean

Principal

This person is responsible for liaising with the TTC directly and will be included in all TTC communications with your organisation. While this can be the senior executive, organisations are free to nominate the person that makes the most sense to liaise with us. In some organisations, it might make sense to have more than one Principal contact.

Data

This person will need to complete the annual data return in September which feeds into our annual Diversity in Tech Report. This information is protected by NDA and will be aggregated and anonymised in our annual reports. For more information on our annual data submission requirement please see our FAQs.

Senior Signatory

This is the person who joins the TTC on your company's behalf. We do not prescribe who that person is in your company, but recommend that it is someone who makes sense both internally and externally to be leading on the TTC commitments.

PR

This person is responsible for liaising with the TTC in relation to logos, quotes, press releases, social media etc.

Want to know who the TTC core contacts are at your company?

In order to find out who the core contacts are at your company, please click the below button. 

Checklist: How to promote that your company is a Signatory

If your organisation has recently become a TTC Signatory, this checklist will help you to announce this

Submit a statement from your Senior Signatory and we will announce your organisation as a new Signatory on LinkedIn, tagging your organisation and all of your core contacts.

 

Please do follow the TTC on social media and share, retweet and like our activity. We would love for you to shout about the TTC and the work we are doing together. Below are some suggested tweets and a LinkedIn post for your convenience, but feel free to draft your own. Please include @techcharteruk  (so we can retweet), and include the links to our active channels listed below.

Website
Twitter @techcharterUK
LinkedIn

Suggested Tweets:

Proud to be a Signatory of @techcharterUK driving inclusion, diversity, inclusion and innovation in UK tech #InclusionInTech. www.techtalentcharter.co.uk/home

Thrilled to announce we’re now a Signatory of the @techcharterUK and have committed to increasing inclusion and diversity in tech in a practical and measurable way

We’re a proud Signatory of the @techcharterUK. Want to help drive greater inclusion and diversity in tech? Join us and over 600 other companies. www.techtalentcharter.co.uk/home

Suggested LinkedIn/Facebook Posts:

We’re very proud to announce that we are now a Signatory of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC). The TTC is an employer-led initiative to encourage greater inclusion and diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, and is supported by the UK Digital Strategy. Signatories of the charter commit to increasing inclusion and diversity in tech in a practical and measurable way. www.techtalentcharter.co.uk/home

Looking for inspiration? Below are some examples of blogs and/or posts shared by other organisations when they became a Signatory:

Once we receive your company's Senior Signatory statement we will use this and your company logo to create a LinkedIn post. Whatever you decide to do, please tag the TTC or send a link to hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk so that we can highlight this again through our channels.  

Tip: download the TTC social assets to add to your posts (see below).

We have created some visual ‘badges’ which will let your social media followers know your organisation is a Signatory and a champion for greater inclusion and diversity within UK tech.

TTC Signatory organisations are  encouraged to use the TTC logo and/or the TTC Signatory logo to promote the fact that they are Signatories via:

  • Company footers in emails or print stationery - Download your email signature here.
  • Company websites
  • Social media
  • Meetings or events in presentation decks or banners
  • Zoom/Microsoft Team backgrounds
  • In your annual reports or inclusion and diversity publications (e.g. gender and ethnicity pay reports and action plans)

Our TTC 'Signatory' logo:

  • A vector image can be found here.
  • A png image can be found here.

Our TTC brand logo:

  • A vector image can be found here.
  • A png image can be found here

Please also take a look at our logo guidelines.

Other links:

Click here to download a zipped folder of other supporting images to share and use in your comms.

Looking for inspiration? Below are some examples of blogs and/or posts shared by companies when they became a Signatory:

Once we receive your company's Senior Signatory statement we will use this and your company logo to create a LinkedIn post tagging your company and Senior Signatory. Whatever you decide to do, please tag the TTC or send a link to hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk so that we can highlight this again through our social channels.

You don't need our approval for your announcement about joining the Charter.  It’s valuable for us to see press releases for information and to enable TTC to help promote these through our LinkedIn and Twitter channels so please email us with details, but we don’t expect to sign them off. We ask that you include links back to our website and social channels (LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube) where possible.

Please feel free to use the approved  statements and quotes:

What is the Tech Talent Charter?

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a non-profit organisation leading a movement to address inequality in the UK tech sector and drive inclusion and diversity in a practical and uniquely measurable way.

The ultimate goal of the Charter: that the UK tech sector becomes a diverse and truly inclusive community where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, listened to and valued for their contributions.

TTC focus on the how, not just the why of inclusion, gathering, curating and distributing innovative techniques and best practise in inclusion and diversity.

The Charter works at scale, addressing the tech ecosystem as a whole to drive change, and supporting organisations to include and maximise participation from historically underrepresented groups.

Signatories of the Charter (over 680 organisations) make a number of commitments. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy.

TTC CEO Debbie Forster, MBE:

''The importance of greater inclusion and diversity in tech is, thankfully, no longer up for debate. Sectors and organisations now need to work together to shift the dial – and this will happen a lot quicker if we pool our successes, failures, ideas and learn from them to bring about real structural change.

In our inaugural report we stressed the importance of collaboration. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to sign up to the Tech Talent Charter and join the movement (now approximately 680 Signatories).  Companies can also access our TTC Toolkit, a set of free resources designed to help organisations improve their inclusion and diversity''.

Our Inclusion & Diversity Directory aims to map all organisations, initiatives, tools and services across the UK that operate in the inclusion and diversity (I&D) space.

Get a wider reach for your own initiatives by adding them to the Directory.

Click here to visit the Directory

Once you have completed steps 1 - 5 of this checklist, the next step is to discover how you can get the most out of being a Signatory.

Learn how you and your organisation can leverage being a Tech Talent Charter Signatory to help support your inclusion and diversity strategy on our 'How to leverage being a Signatory' page.

Leveraging TTC internally

These are examples of how some Signatories leverage being part of the TTC within their organisation. 

1. Publish a blog on LinkedIn by the Senior Signatory about why inclusion and diversity are important to the business strategy and share with TTC to share and signpost.

2. Many Signatories have added the TTC Signatory logo to recruitment and onboarding resources and company email signatures.

3.  Create an internal guide for employees about the steps the company is taking to create greater inclusion and diversity in tech roles. This helps employees communicate externally and supports the recruitment of a broader talent pool. In this guide, include details of the TTC commitment the organisation has made.

4. Encourage people managers, HR business partners and recruitment teams to engage with TTC resources such as the  Open Playbook and Diversity in Tech Report. 

1. Using the Open Playbook for interventions, strategies and resources shared by other companies. Who knows, your company may even be featured!

2. Engaging in our inclusion and diversity hackathons during which subject matter experts collaborate to build new employer products for the Open Playbook

3.  Benchmarking the company using the latest Diversity in Tech report.

4. Joining the monthly Signatory Drop-In session hosted by TTC CEO, Debbie Forster to hear from other Signatories, what’s going well, what’s tough and what they are working on.

5. Using the Inclusion and Diversity Directory to learn more about hundreds of UK programmes and organisations supporting diversity and inclusion in tech. 

Highlight why inclusion matters to your business strategy

  1. Create a blog by your Senior Signatory about why inclusion and diversity is important at your company and how being a TTC Signatory evidences this.
  2. Add the TTC Signatory logo to your onboarding resources.
  3. Create an internal guide for employees about the steps your company is taking to create greater inclusion and diversity to help them spread the word externally.
  4. Encourage all of your managers to engage with TTC resources. They can access our Open Playbook and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter - we are always posting content that they will find relevant.

Leveraging TTC externally

These are examples of how some organisations are leveraging being a TTC Signatory externally.

Upload the TTC Signatory logo to your website, email signature, and, if applicable, Gender Pay Gap report to showcase your company's public commitment to driving change. You can also use it on job boards and in recruitment materials. For TTC logo and our logo guidelines visit the Signatory Checklist (2: Access & use the Signatory social assets).

You have joined a community of UK organsiations all looking to drive similar change so we encourage you to exploit the TTC toolkit and platforms to seek peer to peer input to improve your company policies, programmes and strategies.  Visit our sections on The Toolkit and Collaboration + Engagement above to find out how to do this.

We are always looking to promote and showcase the strategies and programmes Signatory organisations are using to drive greater inclusion and diversity. Signatory Spotlight submissions are added to the relevant section of the TTC Open Playbook (use Google Chrome to access) and highlighted on our social channels, LinkedIn and Twitter. Please share what you're doing with us via our Signatory Spotlight page.

We invite you to join our New to the TTC Sessions

If your organisation is new to the Tech Talent Charter (or perhaps you are a new TTC contact at a company that has been a Signatory for some time), you can join these sessions to learn more about how to get the most out of being a Signatory including what our Open Playbook is and how to use it.

Some of our Signatories

Bank Of England
Cheltenham Borough Council
Crown Prosecution Service
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linklaters
Lloyds Banking Group
The National Cyber Security Centre
OVO energy
spinks
Stemettes
Superdrug logo
unilever-2
Zoopla
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What our Signatories are saying

"I am delighted that the Bank of England is now a proud signatory of Tech Talent Charter. We are committing ourselves to action by joining this collective effort and pledging to collaborate and share best practices with others, progress our plan to improve inclusion and share diversity data for collective intelligence. I strongly believe our commitment advances the Bank’s desire for meaningful change, continuing to hold ourselves accountable both to our staff and externally to our peers." Bank of England
"eSynergy Solutions are proud signatories of the Tech Talent Charter and are honoured to be part of a community dedicated to taking positive and measurable action to improve the gender balance within the tech industry. Rather than re-writing the playbook, being part of the TTC community allows you to access a wide range of resources including their toolkits, playbooks and events to help support you in your own D&I journey. Our diversity and inclusion strategy is data-driven and evidence-based which means that is incredibly useful to be able to benchmark our progress using the TTC’s Diversity in Tech Report. We encourage other organisations to also pledge their commitment to the delivery of greater diversity in the technology and digital industry and take part in events and hackathons to cross share knowledge to work together to create a more diverse and inclusive industry." eSynergy Solutions
"We are very proud to be a signatory - OVO is determined to hire and nurture a diverse and inclusive movement of world changers. We're solving humankind's greatest challenge and we need all of humankind here to help us. We look forward to learning from and networking with the TTC community." OVO Energy
"Obtaining a balanced workplace, where everyone is comfortable contributing their maximum potential, is key to achieving great business results and is motivational to all involved. As a technology function we are working hard to make sure that we achieve this through our recruiting and development of our talent. Through the Tech Talent Charter, I am looking forward to help drive this in any way I can." Superdrug Stores plc
"We are really pleased that our ICT Provider Publica Group Ltd along with Cheltenham Borough Council have signed up to the charter. We have a shared commitment to greater inclusion and diversity in technology roles." Cheltenham Borough Council