Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion sits at the heart of digital growth. The tech sector understands that innovation thrives from diversity of thought and is continually looking to attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce. techUK is proud to support a number of initiatives that promote this, from doing outreach work to ensure that people regardless of their background are inspired into tech, to initiatives that help build more inclusive workplaces for those with different accessibility needs.

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Delivering diversity

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

This International Women’s Day techUK is recommitting to doing our bit to banish manels (all male panels) to the history books where they firmly belong. In August 2017, techUK 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.

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Webinars

techUK’s Skills, Talent & Diversity programme has organised 12 techUK-led webinars in 2020. This has been key in showcasing outputs, thought leadership, and speakers from our membership beyond. Get involved in upcoming events.

Moving the dial on diversity: how to forward inclusion post-COVID

techUK’s ninth post-COVID webinar identified fundamental actions employers can take to keep diversity & inclusion at the forefront after the pandemic.

D&I in healthtech: Ways to be a good ally

Key takeaways from our London Tech Week event with NHSX, Tech4CV19 and the Department for International Trade.

#LTW panel: Is diversity in recruitment just a numbers game?

Catch up with this London Tech Week webinar from the techUK Skills and Diversity Council with our round-up and event recording.

Compassionate Leadership post-COVID

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.

Ethnic diversity in healthtech: Actions to do more

On 6 July, techUK hosted a webinar exploring race, inequalities, and inclusion across healthtech, healthcare and the NHS.

BEEqual: National Inclusion Week- Let’s talk about Disability in the Workplace

techUK joined BEEqual, Neurodiversity Works and Purple to talk about disability in the workplace.

From Crisis to Opportunity – Redesigning 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.

Black Tech Fest

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

techUK · The techUK Podcast Episode 6 - Skills, Talent & 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.

 

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.

Debbie Forster MBE, CEO, Tech Talent Charter discusses the importance of digital skills in the UK

 

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.
 

Accessible Technology Group

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.

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Get involved

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.

Skills, Talent and Diversity

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.

Skills and Diversity Council

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.

Skills and Diversity Working Group

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.

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel

Policy Manager, Skills, Talent and Diversity, techUK

Antony Walker

Antony Walker

Deputy CEO, techUK

Jake Wall

Jake Wall

Programme Assistant, Policy, techUK