Eighty nine of the UK’s largest employers of computer developers have signed up to the Tech Talent Charter, which was launched this week and aims to share data on gender diversity and the pay gap in the tech industry.
The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) was founded by a number of organisations across the recruitment, tech and social enterprise fields and was supported in the government’s policy paper on the UK Digital Strategy in March 2017. The Tech Talent Charter is run as an industry collective.
It comes at a time when just 17% of Tech/ICT workers in the UK are female and only one in 10 females are currently taking A-Level computer studies, despite predictions of a digital skills gap where the UK needs one million more tech workers by 2020.
The Charter encourages and supports signatories 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); and measure the diversity profile of their UK employees and to share this data for (anonymous) collective publication.