What is the Tech Talent Charter and what does it aim to do?

August 25, 2021 | Ascend Global Media

The Tech Talent charter is an initiative formed by several organisations across tech, recruitment and social enterprise fields, providing companies a way of showing their commitment to diversity in the sector.

Put simply, the charter is designed to increase diversity within the UK’s tech companies, with the aim of achieving equal opportunity and representation for all employees in the sector. By signing the charter, companies commit to joining this mission, by implementing new policies, making changes to their hiring process, and other effective measures to improve diversity in their organisation.

Commitment towards a collective goal

In sectors such as technology, where the road towards true gender equality seems quite long indeed, it can often be useful to provide companies with a means for publicly making a commitment, to do everything they can to help achieve the collective goal. 

In addition to seeking support from firms in the tech sector in order to sign the charter, TTC also has a steering committee made up of representatives from some of the UK’s most influential tech companies, including Tech UK. The government has officially backed the charter, joining the hundreds of signatories committed to changing the landscape of the tech industry, one of largest contributors to the UK economy.

Using action, rather than words alone

Studies have shown that the number of female employees in the tech sector in the UK is currently at around 19% (1), a concerning number considering the number of female employees in the UK workforce. 

All signatories of the TTC must provide data on their own workforce each year so that changes can be measured. This data is put into a Diversity In Tech Report. Across all organisations who are part of the Tech Talent Charter, women currently represent 25% of technical role holders (2). An increase, but it is evident that work still needs to be done.

It is widely accepted that the low number of females in the sector is due to a number of factors, from early education to discrimination in the hiring process. For this reason, the problem requires a number of different approaches to solve it. Words alone are unlikely to shift the balance when it comes to women working in tech, it requires more opportunities given to young girls, as well as a societal push for greater diversity in these kinds of roles.

(1) https://technation.io/insights/diversity-and-inclusion-in-uk-tech-companies/ 

(2) https://www.techtalentcharter.co.uk/diversity-in-tech-2020