Diversity in Tech 2021 Report | Tech Talent Charter

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The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is committed to securing the future of the tech talent pipeline.

A key driver of this is the annual Diversity in Tech report, which showcases curated diversity and inclusion (D&I) data we amass from our Signatory base of companies with tech needs in the United Kingdom.

The purpose of this survey is to harness the power of data to help organisations make significant headway in this critical growth area. When UK businesses are willing to share good D&I data — what’s actually working or not working for them — it yields deep, nuanced insights that can benefit Signatories, other organisations, and more broadly the UK economy and society. As such, another aim of this report is to inspire more business leaders to share their D&I data with us so we can create a more nuanced and complete picture of the state of diversity and inclusion.

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WeAreTechWomen – Barriers for Women in Tech infographic 2022

WeAreTechWomen Survey

Last year, WeAreTechWomen partnered with Ipsos MORI and the Tech Talent Charter to look at the barriers women face in the tech industry.

The research canvassed the views of 369 women across a multitude of sectors. The findings included in the infographic show that 1 in 5 women in tech are thinking of leaving their jobs. With just 21% of women working in the tech industry*, if they chose to leave this would have a significant impact in terms of female representation in the sector. The findings also highlighted that 58% of respondents said that visible role models are one of the things that attract them to organisations but noted the lack of female representation at the top of their organisations. The other key finding was that only a third felt that processes and systems were in place to prepare them for promotion.

Mentorship was highly attributed to aid career progression; however, sponsorship opportunities appear to be lacking, with only 1 in 5 stating they have access to sponsorship programmes. Of those who did have access to sponsorship, 55% of them said it has greatly benefitted their career.  With regard to male allies, over 75% of survey respondents stated that at least some men are not allies, two thirds of whom finding that men talk over them or don’t listen in meetings. Only 19% of those surveyed see all or most men as allies, with 85% citing the best way to demonstrate allyship is by giving credit for achievements. It is no surprise that 29% of our respondents also stated they have experienced sexism or gender bias in some form. It is also interesting to see that salary has now become the main driver in terms of women joining a tech organisation (84%), followed by supportive managers (83%) and an inclusive culture (76%).

*Source: 2019 ONS data

A summary of the full report with recommendations to employers is due to be published on 07 February, if you are interested in receiving the summary, please email [email protected]

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2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival, Tech Talent Charter

Recommended Event: 01/03/22-02/03/22: Inclusion in Tech Festival: This Works | Tech Talent Charter

2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival, Tech Talent Charter

The 2022 Inclusion in Tech Festival takes place virtually on 1st and 2nd March and is proudly sponsored by Beazley.

We will present findings from the latest Diversity in Tech Report with panels of Signatory employers, experts and ministers sharing the practical ‘how to’ of DE&I interventions that actually work.

This is a 2-day flexible and virtual festival with 4 separate sessions designed to work around work, life, and caring commitments. Our festival is free and open to all – please share this invitation with employees, colleagues, and clients.

Why join?

During this 2-day festival, we will bring to the forefront the Signatories that are leading change and, most importantly, what actions are having the greatest impact.

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DWP Digital’s pledge to redress the gender balance

The goal of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is for the UK tech sector to become a diverse and inclusive community where people from all backgrounds are welcomed, listened to and valued for their contributions.

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Rowena Maccallum, DWP Gender Lead

This mirrors our aim in DWP Digital to be as diverse as the customers we represent.

Rowena Maccallum, Gender Lead for DWP Digital is delighted that they’ve signed up to the Tech Talent Charter for the third year running.

Rowena said “Although, the number of women holding digital roles in DWP Digital has increased, there’s still lots of work to be done to attract women to technical and leadership roles as we continue delivering our department-wide commitment to gender parity.

Making a pledge of inclusion through initiatives like the tech charter is definitely a positive step forward.

Reflecting on the last year

Taking on the DWP Gender Lead role in May 2021, supporting our Chief Digital Information Officer, Simon McKinnon, in his role as Gender Champion for DWP, presented a great opportunity and exciting challenge for me.

It’s been a busy time for us, as we aspire to increase female representation in digital roles and achieve a more gender balanced workforce across the department.

Some of the initiatives we’ve implemented include:

  • In DWP Digital we recently launched our new cohort of Digital Voices, this award-winning programme is now in its fourth year and helps support women in tech careers build confidence.
  • Our Women in Digital network is going from strength to strength and has been recognised through a shortlisting in the Computing Women in Tech Excellence Awards 2021 in the Diversity Employer of the Year category.
  • Across the department, our series of Women into Leadership conferences: 352 women across DWP have now participated, exploring how they can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be. We continued these despite lockdown restrictions, running two virtual events.
  • The Springboard Leadership Programme: 62 women participated in a developmental programme, which aims to empower women to think with a new perspective about their development. This led to them gaining an Associate Institute of Leadership and management qualification.
  • The Crossing Threshold Programme: we sponsored 18 women in Senior Executive Officer roles to take part in this year-long development programme aimed at women looking for progression within the Civil Service.
  • Using the Applied digital platform in DWP Digital recruitment campaigns to remove unconscious bias from initial job applications.
  • With so much great activity taking place, it was amazing for our achievements to be recognised by winning the Best Public Sector Employer category at the Women in Tech Employer Awards in December 2020. DWP has also been listed in the Times top 50 Employers for Women for the third year running, which is a fantastic achievement. And over the last five years, representation of women at Senior Civil Servant level has increased from 39% to 50%.

Looking forward

Our diverse workforce consists of people with various and multiple characteristics and backgrounds, which enable us to create a workplace where people can be part of networks, where they can thrive and feel supported, regardless of their gender.

We’re currently refining our gender strategy plan, our priorities, vision and our intersectional approach for the year ahead. We’re looking to use technology, information and feedback from our colleagues to enable us to make informed decisions around our future initiatives accordingly.

I’m proud to be involved and contribute to the vital work that looks at everything through an inclusive lens. Working alongside members of our DWP communities and networks such as Women in Digital, our Diversity and Inclusivity Champions and cross-government, it’s great to see the passion and enthusiasm that our colleagues have.

Come join us

If you like the sound of working in an organisation where people feel valued, heard and supported, check out some of the roles we have available on DWP Digital careers website.”


Women in tech: There's still time to tell us about your career & the challenges you face!

Calling all women in tech – there’s still time to tell us about your career and the challenges you face!

WeAreTechWomen have partnered with leading research firm, Ipsos MORI & Tech Talent Charter to conduct a survey to discover the barriers faced by women working in technology.

You have until 10 September 2021 to get your responses in and help us to understand how you feel as a woman in tech and the challenges you face around career progression.

A summary of the survey results will be published alongside a set of recommendations to organisations to help them to understand these challenges and to think about how they can put in to place initiatives to support the career progression of their female technologists.

The survey responses are anonymous and your data will not be shared publicly.

SURVEY IS NOW CLOSED

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Nominations are now open

The TechWomen100 awards are the first of their kind to focus solely on the female tech talent pipeline and recognise the impact of champions, companies and networks that are leading the way. Nominations are now open until 10 September 2021.

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Recommended Event: 12/10/21: Tech Talent Charter (TTC) October 2021 Hackathon

Tech Talent Charter hackathon

Sponsored by Signatories, Experis and Nominet, we will stage our next hackathon in October with three groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts building new employer products for our Open Playbook

Timing: running for just over 4 weeks, the hackathon will kick off on Tuesday 12th October at 10 am and conclude on Thursday 11th November 2021.

Participants* in each team will be experts in the I&D topic areas outlined below and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Who is this hackathon for?

This opportunity is for people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas:

  • Reskilling your existing workforce into tech roles
  • Setting and embedding inclusion and diversity targets to drive accountability
  • Developing inclusive promotion processes using data

This opportunity is ideal for people with experience of working in an Inclusion and Diversity, Talent, Learning and Development, or senior HR business partner role. As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the three subject areas.

What's in it for you?

  • We often ask hackathon participants to join future TTC panels to showcase the products they produce
  • Cross-company learning
  • Networking
  • Personal and company PR
  • Deepen your understanding of the topic area
  • An opportunity to ‘give back', supporting our not for profit organisation to develop new employer resources.

All participants and companies will be credited on social media channels (especially the winning team!) and all participants are invited to add their TTC hackathon expertise to their LinkedIn profile.

The mission

There will be 3 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to reskill your workforce into tech roles to drive greater diversity
  2. Team 2: How to set and embed inclusion and diversity targets
  3. Team 3: How to run inclusive promotion processes using data

The employer product should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Time commitment

Based on our recent hackathons, we anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a month (done flexibly).

*Important point! If this hackathon sounds like a good fit for your skills and experience, before submitting the hackathon registration form, we kindly request that you double-check that you will have the capacity to commit to participating for the duration of the hackathon period. We anticipate the amount of time it will take teams to co-create their product will be approximately 10-12 hours over a 4 week period (done flexibly).

What is the TTC Open Playbook?

Our Open Playbook has six themes all focussing on driving inclusion and diversity in tech. Within each theme, there are several recommendations and resources shared by organisations and subject matter experts. In each section, you'll find lots of strategies, articles, tools and reports about how to address specific challenges and increase inclusion and diversity in tech teams.

The expert judging panel will include:

  • Martin Ewings, Brand Leaders and Operations Director, Experis
  • Beverley Hamblet-Bowes, HR Director, Nominet
  • Edleen John, TTC Director and Director - International Relations, Corporate Affairs & Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, The Football Association
  • Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter

The Tech Talent Charter 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. Our ultimate goal: that the UK tech sector becomes truly inclusive and a reflection of the society which it represents. We work at scale, addressing the tech ecosystem as a whole to drive change. We focus on the how, not just the why of inclusion.

There are over 680 Signatories of the Charter and each organisation has made a number of pledges in relation to inclusive recruitment and retention practices. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy. Membership is free.

The TTC focuses on practical action --events are not a sales pitch or a promotional piece. We also believe in sharing what works rather than treating it like a "trade secret". Our working events are a great opportunity to learn, share and plan for action.

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Calling all women in tech! We want to hear about you and your career

Calling all women in tech – we want to hear about you and your career!

WeAreTechWomen have partnered with leading research firm, Ipsos MORI & Tech Talent Charter to conduct a survey to discover the barriers faced by women working in technology.

The results of this survey will enable us to understand how you feel as a woman in tech and the challenges you face around career progression.

A summary of the survey results will be published alongside a set of recommendations to organisations to help them to understand these challenges and to think about how they can put in to place initiatives to support the career progression of their female technologists.

The survey responses are anonymous and your data will not be shared publicly.


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Recommended Event: 29/06/21 - 29/07/21: TTC Hackathon: How to drive inclusion and diversity within a start-up or scale-up environment | Tech Talent Charter

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The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) will stage our next inclusion and diversity (I&D) hackathon in June. This hackathon will focus on actions specific to start-up and scale-up companies.

The hackathon, sponsored by Spinks, kicks off on 29th June when four groups of inclusion and diversity subject matter experts will collaborate to build new products for our Open Playbook.

Timing: running over one month, the hackathon kicks off on Tuesday 29th June and concludes on Thursday 29th July 2021.

Participants for each team will be experts on specific topic I&D areas and will work in small, virtual teams of 5 or 6, led by a team leader to deliver a new employer product for the Open Playbook to be judged by an expert panel.

Host: Tech Talent Charter Event sponsors: Spinks

Who is this hackathon for?

We are looking to recruit subject matter experts to contribute their expertise and develop the TTC's Open Playbook, our open-source resource for all employers. The TTC is specifically seeking people who have strong inclusion and diversity (I&D) knowledge and experience of at least one of the following areas specifically related to startup or scale-up environments:

  • Cultivating an inclusive culture
  • Reward and retention
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: accessing all of the talent pool (ie. attraction strategies, job advertisements, pathways offered etc)
  • Hiring diverse tech talent: assessing talent (shortlisting and selection methods, alternatives to interviews, hiring managers etc)

As spaces are limited, we request that participants please provide evidence of having the necessary expertise of one of the above subject areas.

What's in it for you?

Participants will have an opportunity to connect and learn from subject matter experts at other organisations; deepen their understanding of the topic area and what other organisations are doing in this space; participate in creative co-design sessions and support the TTC by developing our Open Playbook.

All team members and the winning team will be credited on social media channels. Additionally, all participants will be invited to add their TTC expertise to LinkedIn.

The mission

There will be 4 teams. Each team will create one employer product that is designed specifically for use within a startup and/or scale-up company and the focus for each team will be:

  1. Team 1: How to cultivate an inclusive culture
  2. Team 2: How to reward and retain talent
  3. Team 3: How to access all of the available tech talent
  4. Team 4: How to assess talent

Each team's mission will be to produce a 'roadmap' - this should be a high-level menu of the most important actions organisations should consider with respect to the specific topic. The goal is to “join the dots”, i.e. to signpost great resources. What we don't ask for is an exhaustive list of all actions employers of tech could do. For teams that would like it, the TTC will provide a list of recommended resources already in the Open Playbook on the topic (by no means exhaustive). If not, the team can choose to start with a blank sheet.

Examples of products from previous TTC hackathons can be found on the Hackathon page on the TTC website and all products live in our Open Playbook.

Hackathon timing and key dates

Each team's specific meeting dates/times will be confirmed once participants are in teams (meetings will be set up by team leaders). The below dates and6 times are confirmed at the outset:

  • 10.00, Tuesday 29th June: hackathon begins with a briefing led by TTC followed by 30 mins with your team
  • 29th June - 26th July: Teams work together to create their 'product' (the roadmap)
  • 17.00, Monday 26th July: Strict deadline to submit product
  • 15.00, Thursday 29th July*: Feedback session with judges

*Feedback session: This session is when judges will provide their feedback and where teams will provide a very high-level overview of the key elements of their roadmap.

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Tech Talent Charter launches 'Doing It Anyway' campaign to inspire women to consider a career in tech

Doing It Anyway - Tech Talent CharterThe Tech Talent Charter is today launching its first ever creative campaign designed to tackle gender inequality in the UK tech sector.

The  campaign, entitled ‘Doing It Anyway’ aims to encourage working-age women to consider a career in tech, and features images of women from a variety of backgrounds who have found careers in technology through inspiring, non-traditional paths. The women were selected from more than 300 candidates nominated by Tech Talent Charter signatories, and invited to take part in an exclusive photoshoot with Tatjana Galic at the Rankin creative agency.

The outdoor, social and digital adverts, featuring the striking images of the women and the stories of their personal journeys into their tech roles, highlight the need for more women in technology roles. The link directs people to a directory housed at www.techtalentcharter.co.uk of more than 300 vacancies, courses and retraining programmes run by Tech Talent Charter signatories and the wider tech industry.

Speaking about the campaign, Sinead Bunting, Co-Founder and author of the Tech Talent Charter said, “Women’s careers have been disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus outbreak."

"Despite this, we know that many companies are actively recruiting women and people from minority backgrounds into tech roles within their organisations."

"At the Tech Talent Charter we aim to connect the dots and highlight some of the opportunities open to women of all ages and from all backgrounds."

“The message of this campaign is women already have the everyday skills that lend themselves to a successful career in tech and that we NEED women of all kinds to bring their skills to the UK tech sector in order for it to thrive."

"We hope by seeing the campaign, it will inspire women to have the confidence to take the next step and explore how they can get started with a career in tech.”

The UK tech sector suffers from significant gender inequality, with only around 17 per cent of tech roles being held by women. Research by HP and the Fawcett Society has shown that 45 per cent of women in other roles would be interested in retraining into a tech role but 32 per cent did not believe they had the right qualifications. The Tech Talent Charter is a series of commitments by signatories to address the gender balance of their tech teams, and this campaign highlights the opportunities that exist for women who are interested in joining the tech sector.

The women featured in the campaign are:

  • Honesty Haynes-Williams, a digital marketer from London.
  • Sifaya Vellaithamby, a Lead Technical Architect based in Croydon.
  • Magdalene Amegashitsi, a data scientist from London.
  • Molly Watt, an accessibility and UX/usability consultant based in Berkshire.
  • Jennifer Johnson a developer working in London.
  • Kam Rai, a product manager based in London.
  • Patience Ndlovu, a software tester from Leeds.
  • Clare Streets, a project director based in Birmingham.

The women, from across the UK were nominated by Tech Talent Charter signatory organisations for their inspiring personal journeys into a tech career. Their stories are all featured on www.techtalentcharter.co.uk.

The campaign is being run across outdoor sites from Global. It is being supported by the Institute of Coding, HP, and PwC who created the campaign artwork, and will run across outdoor, social and digital media from 21st October for one month. FreeAgent provided website development and social media support, and LT Harper provided social media support. Tech Talent Charter signatories are being encouraged to share the campaign with their networks via social media to amplify the message among working age women.


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WeAreTechWomen Virtual Conference Speaker Spotlight: Debbie Forster MBE | CEO, Tech Talent Charter

WeAreTechWomen speaks to Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter about her career.

Debbie is also one of our speakers at our upcoming virtual tech conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. on 26 June. Debbie is holding a session on why we must all work together to foster diversity in tech.

Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education, first as the UK CEO of Apps for Good and now as CEO for the Tech Talent Charter, an industry collective which aims to deliver greater gender diversity in the UK tech workforce.

Signatories of the charter make several pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for “Services to Digital Technology and Tech Development” and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016, describing her as “an exceptional and inspirational woman… an extraordinary role model.” She has also been named on Computer Weekly’s list of “25 Most Inspirational Women in UK IT” in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

WeAreTechWomen, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is excited to introduce its first ever global virtual conference, Disrupt. Innovate. Lead. This unique learning experience is aimed at individuals working in technology who would like broaden their industry knowledge, learn new skills and benefit from the thought leadership of some of the brightest minds in the tech industry.

Can you tell us a little about your background? Where you’ve come from, where you’ve worked, how you got to where you are today?

I’m originally from the US but lived in the UK for 30 years.  I have worked in education, public, private and third sector—so I’m a professional foreigner or newcomer and thrive in working across different contexts and finding how they can fit, work and thrive together.

Did you ever sit down and plan your career?

Not even remotely; what’s taken me from job to job and sector to sector is seeing a great idea I want to make work or a great problem I want to help fix.  Like many people, I now see my career as a series of connected chapters rather than 1 focused career plan.

What inspired you to get involved with motivational speaking?

My first talk in front of a large audience (about 800 people) was when I was 18. I was terrified then but loved the buzz and connection with people and I suppose I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you have a favourite experience from your career?

I now do a lot of coaching and mentoring as part of my portfolio of work. I absolutely love being on the journey with women and watching them make real breakthroughs in their confidence, their choices, in their place in the world.  It’s a privilege and so energising for my wider work.

What do you think WeAreTechWomen guests will gain from your talk?

Big issues like diversity and inclusion are things we believe in but are so big, it is hard to think what we can do to make a difference. I’ll try to leave everyone with a sense of how they can be a part of an exciting whole.

What are your top 3 tips for success?

  • Work to silence (or at least turn down the volume) of your imposter syndrome—it doesn’t just rob you of opportunity, it is sucking the joy from your successes.
  • Know you will make mistakes and that’s a good thing.
  • Don’t wait to feel brave enough to do something. Do it while you are terrified, that is where all the fun is.

What has been your biggest challenge during your career?

Learning to ignore the imposter syndrome.

Which female role models are you most inspired by?

You know, I’ve stopped listing the amazing famous women for this question.  To be inspired means “fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something”  and I get that from the women I coach, them women I call friends and my 22 year old daughter.  Knowing their inner fears and how they face them keeps me filled with the urge to do something.

In your opinion, what is the biggest obstacle for women at work and how can it be overcome?

We are often internally waiting for “permission” to do things, to be things, to ask for things and we are too often afraid of getting it wrong. We need to walk through that uncertainty, find and draw on mentors, and allies and champions from the women and men around us.  And we need to offer that same support to those around us.

If you could change one thing to accelerate the pace of change for Gender Parity, what would it be?

Cementing the current breakthroughs on virtual and remote working and then pressing for the growth of meaningful part time work for all.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

Relax, you can do this and remember this is a marathon, not a spring.


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