🎧 The techUK podcast: celebrating female Heads of Policy
In this very special edition of the techUK podcast, techUK celebrates International Women’s Day 2022 by talking to female Heads of Policy of big tech comapnies within our membership. Moderated by techUK's Nimmi Patel, Policy Manager – Skills, Talent & Diversity, and Lulu Freemont, Head of Digital Regulation, techUK, we hear from an inspiring panel all about their experiences of working in digital policy and what more needs to be done to support inclusivity.
Listen to: Becky Foreman, UK Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft, Katy Minshall, Head of UK Public Policy, Twitter, Rebecca Stimson, UK Head of Public Policy, Meta, Elizabeth Kanter, Director of Government Relations and Public Policy, TikTok.
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.
Latest news & insights
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.
Guide to help UK business leaders deliver inclusion, fairness, opportunity and value
techUK is proud to support the Leaders As Change Agents Board's Employer & Employee guide which has been specifically designed for CEOs and their leadership teams to help them deliver better inclusion, fairness, opportunity and value for every UK employer and employee.
The Guide sets out 8 tangible commitments for adoption as the cornerstone of a better workplace. The guide also includes a comprehensive step-by-step resource guidance to help organisations with adoption and effective delivery.
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.
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.
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.
The Skills and Diversity Council aims to support the wider diversity and inclusion agenda in the tech sector and use their convening power take concrete steps to help the UK develop skills for the modern economy. The Council brings together some of the most influential networks and people working across the industry to champion diversity in tech.
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.