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Government commits to signing Tech Talent Charter

Matteo Natalucci Published 31 January 2018

The charter provides organisations with guidance on how to address the lack of gender diversity in the technology industry


The government has said it will sign a so-called ‘Tech Talent Charter’ in an aim to tackle the gender imbalance in the tech workforce.

The charter is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the UK’s tech workforce. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention and the charter provides organisations with clear actions and principles to adopt to become more gender-diverse.

The charter covers all organisations employing people in technology roles and commits signatories to include women on interview shortlists wherever possible, and to collect and submit anonymised data for an annual diversity report.

The charter aims to put the UK at the forefront of tackling the gender imbalance in the tech workforce.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Matt Hancock announced the whole of government will sign up to the Tech Talent Charter.

DCMS was the first Whitehall department to sign the charter. Other departments will now follow suit.

Hancock said the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, will write to major tech firms asking them to sign up to the charter to help support gender diversity across the industry.

Hancock said, “We recently launched the Tech Talent Charter and more than 125 companies have signed a pledge to take concrete measures to improve the gender diversity of their tech workforce”.

“It is essential the public sector leads the way in driving this change and I can announce every Government department will be signing the charter. Cracking the challenge is in part about changing the education system but it’s also about changing the culture and opening up,” Hancock said.

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