techUK has catalogued how members are committing to ethnic diversity in the tech workforce and are pushing for progress. Effective and sustainable solutions must cover all aspects of a company - the people, its processes, and its culture. It explores approaches from our membership focusing on four things: action in the community to inspire the next generation; attraction and recruitment; getting workplace culture right; and the development of diverse talent.
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techUK’s reaffirms commitment to abolishing all-male panels
techUK is recommitting to doing our bit to banish manels (all male panels) to the history books where they firmly belong. Since August 2017, techUK has made a commitment to abolish all-male panels (manels) at events and are ensuring we have gender diversity on our membership councils. We also strive to ensure that the events hosted at techUK adhere to this commitment and that our staff ensure the events they attend or speak at are gender diverse.
techUK's ongoing commitment to improving diversity
techUK highlights ways it's pushing for more diversity and inclusion within the digital sectors, across it's membership. techUK's member companies are themselves diverse, operating across numerous sectors and all with their own individual hiring, training, and retraining practices. The journey these companies are on with their diversity and inclusion practices will be very different. However, the direction of travel is the same.
techUK’s ninth post-COVID webinar identified fundamental actions employers can take to keep diversity & inclusion at the forefront after the pandemic.
Key takeaways from our London Tech Week event with NHSX, Tech4CV19 and the Department for International Trade.
Catch up with this London Tech Week webinar from the techUK Skills and Diversity Council with our round-up and event recording.
techUK and FDM explored what tangible actions people can take to practise and nurture compassionate leadership and challenge people to be more intentional in these areas.
On 6 July, techUK hosted a webinar exploring race, inequalities, and inclusion across healthtech, healthcare and the NHS.
techUK joined BEEqual, Neurodiversity Works and Purple to talk about disability in the workplace.
techUK joined forces with TIMEWISE – a company that works with talent through flexibility to explore redesigning the workplace on workshop around how to work from home effectively and manage teams.
techUK was a strategic partner of Black Tech Fest, a digital festival celebrating innovation, creativity, and excellence during UK Black History Month, which aimed to create pathways for underrepresented talent.
The techUK Podcast Epsiode 6 - Skills, Talent and Diversity in Tech
This podcast explores the importance of skills in creating a thriving tech sector in the UK. Sarah Atkinson, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Micro Focus and former chair of the Skills & Diversity Council talks about the variety of ways tech skills can be taught, while work experience student Abi Pearson interviews techUK President Jacqueline de Rojas CBE on what the barriers are to women entering the tech sector and how we can create more inclusive workplaces.
Tech Talent Charter
techUK is a founding signatory and strategic board member of the Tech Talent Charter. The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater inclusion in the UK’s tech workforce. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to the recruitment, promotion and retention of a diverse workforce. Although it is very much an employer-led initiative, the TTC is supported by the UK Government's Digital Strategy.
Importantly, the Charter states that all signatories must provide data on their own workforce each year so that we can measure success and make more impactful, measurable changes as an industry for the future. The TTC now has over 460 members. Becoming a Signatory of the TTC is free, find out more here.
Launch of new working group
To mark this year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, techUK launched a new working group that will bring together members to champion inclusivity in design. Tech is one of the central drivers and enablers of productivity, but when it is not accessible it can limit opportunities for people. During this current public health crisis, we have seen the importance of access to digital technology. As we adapt to a new normal and begin our recovery, it is vital that everyone can benefit from the technologies of today and tomorrow.
techUK’s Accessible Technology Group is forum that works to highlight the economic and social benefit of ensuring tech products and services are inclusive by design and is a visible advocate promoting inclusive tech to support people with disabilities and inclusive tech solutions. The Group aims to share best practice in developing solutions and services, and disseminate knowledge and facilitate engagement on accessible technology within techUK’s membership.
All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining the group or programme below. Our D&I working groups provide business intelligence, networking and event opportunities. Get involved if you are a techUK member.
Making the UK the best place to start and grow a digital business is contingent on our ability to skill, attract and retain the brightest global talent. techUK’s Skills, Talent and Diversity Programme seeks to ensure the UK has a world-leading tech workforce by equipping the pipeline of talent with digital skills to become digital leaders, attracting and retaining a diverse workforce & making sure the UK is an attractive location for talent from across the world.
techUK's Skills and Diversity Council aims to support the wider diversity and inclusion agenda in the tech sector and take concrete steps to help the UK develop skills for the modern economy and address skills gaps. The Council brings together some of the most influential networks and people working across the industry to champion diversity in tech, relating to: gender, ethnicity, LGBT+, disability, neurodiversity and social mobility.
Delivering 21st Century Health and Care requires a digitally-skilled workforce. The Skills and Diversity Working Group is supporting the NHS and social care bodies to develop the next generation of digital leaders while encouraging diversity and inclusion in healthtech. For more information, please contact: Leontina Postelnicu| Programme Manager, Health and Social Care.