The UK technology and recruitment industry are uniting to improve the diversity and inclusion of the tech workforce with the launch of the TechTalent Charter. The Charter, initiated and written by Monster.co.uk with the support of Code First: Girls and a number of industry influencers and organisations, outlines a series of key measures which aim to encourage organisations to think differently to encourage and support a more diverse tech workforce.
Last year Caitlin Moran highlighted that “if 90% of coders are men, developing and owning the language of the future, women won’t be part of the conversation”. With this front of mind, and mindful of the looming digital skills gap, Monster.co.uk launched its Girls in Coding campaign earlier this year which consisted of a series of initiatives and events aimed at raising awareness of the low ratio of females in the tech workforce and encouraging females to aspire to work in technology related roles.
From this initiative, and inspired by conversations with leading organisations such as Stemettes, the TechTalent Charter was born, with Monster bringing together numerous key figures within the industry to support and form the working groups of a charter that encourages businesses to sign up to key measures which aim to increase the amount of diverse talent within their organisations.