Johan Hogsander, MD of Transform, for Public Technology
Margot James, the digital minister, recently wrote to companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter, to ask that they adopt the Tech Talent Charter. The charter aims to overcome the worrying fact that under a fifth of tech and ICT workers in the UK are female. More worrying still, 90% of A-Level computer studies students are male.
It’s clear that there’s still a huge amount of work to be done before we reach any kind of proportionately diverse workforce, despite making moves in the right direction – albeit at a glacial pace. Initiatives such as the Tech Talent Charter clearly have a pivotal role to play in encouraging honest and transparent discussion from leading businesses about their recruitment and retention.
As important to keeping the conversation going are the events many agencies and companies across the UK are running regularly to keep diversity front and centre, such as our recent Women in Digital: What can we learn from women in sport? event.