techUK welcomes the opportunity to submit evidence and expert knowledge from industry to Government.
How tech parents view education and the future of work: This report by techUK included ground-breaking research into the opinions of parents working for tech companies and reveals their optimism for the future job market, but reservations about whether children are being prepared properly.
The data led to the development of this programme’s 2019 objectives, demonstrating that we need a greater focus on relevant education and skills for both our young people and workers who need to reskill throughout their lives. Adapting the curriculum to ensure young people today are equipped for the jobs of tomorrow is absolutely vital. The report concluded that policymakers need to be radical in their approach to adult education and work with industry to ensure that future workforces are encouraged and supported to retrain and upskill.
Migration Advisory Committee Call for Evidence: techUK submitted evidence to the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent advisory non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office, exploring the future salary thresholds and potential for points-based immigration system.
techUK has previously published its asks of the post-Brexit immigration system – developing a set of proposals based on the principles that we believe are necessary to support the UK’s thriving tech sector. techUK members are making significant investments to skill the domestic pipeline of future tech talent and their current workforce, with much being done regarding upskilling, retraining and lifelong learning, but there is an immediate need for skilled labour in the tech sector. Migration, both EU and Rest of World, is key to the tech sector’s continued success.
Ethnicity Pay Gap Reporting: techUK welcomes the Government’s efforts to promote greater diversity whether through support for initiatives such as the Tech Talent Charter to help measure diversity or gender pay gap reporting and provided a response to the consultation call for evidence.
Ethnicity pay gap reporting could be another tool to help increase diversity. Shedding a light on disparities where they exist is the first step to understanding the problem and raising awareness of an issue. However, tech companies know how important good data is in driving decisions and encouraging change and there are some real challenges that will need to be addressed to ensure that ethnicity pay gap reporting leads to the generation of good, accurate and actionable data.