Tech Talent Charter launches inaugural diversity benchmarking report

Tech Talent Charter launches inaugural diversity benchmarking report


The Tech Talent Charter’s inaugural diversity report finds that micro businesses are the most gender diverse, with women in 53% of technical roles.

This benchmarking report is the first of its kind and tracks gender diversity in technology roles of the charter’s 200 signatories who collectively employ more than 500,000 people across the UK.

Offering a snapshot of what signatories are doing in terms of improving diversity, the report also reveals that signatories have 7% more women in technical roles compared to non-members (26% versus 19%). Overall, they also have more women in general roles at 34.9%. More than 70% have active diversity and inclusion policies in their recruitment and 36% have active policies to increase the number of women being shortlisted at interview stage.

The report also notes that 57% of members outsource some or all tech roles, indicating that many companies are reliant on suppliers to help them achieve gender parity. The Charter is committed to working more closely with outsourcing companies and supporting companies to ask more of their outsourcing partners to achieve meaningful diversity.

Confirming that the engineering sector continues to struggle to attract and retain women, the report identifies the specific specialisms where women are under-represented. User-centred Design has the highest proportion of women at 48%, while Engineer and Programmer roles have just 15%.

And while the data shows clear differences between the size of a company and gender representation in tech roles, there is no clear trend. Micro-companies employ the most women in technical roles at 53%, while small companies employ 20%, medium 23% and large 19%.

Debbie Forster, CEO Tech Talent Charter, commented "We are delighted to see our smaller companies challenging assumptions that they are too small or too busy to focus on diversity. This report clearly shows every size and type of company can and must become more inclusive and diverse.

Theresa Palmer, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems, said “As the report points out, larger companies are struggling even more than smaller organisations to level the playing field. 

As a large, global employer BAE Systems takes this finding seriously and wants to work hard to ensure we stay ahead of the statistics and lead the way. This is what makes targeted initiatives like the TTC so invaluable.”

Abbie Morris, Founder and CEO, micro-business Compare Ethics, added “We currently have an almost even split of male and female employees. Within a few hires from now, I know how easily this balance can slip away. For 2019, we are focusing on building up our team, with diversity of thought firmly at the front of our minds. To emulate the success of micro businesses, larger companies need to do the same.”

You can read the full report here.

Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James said, “One year on from the launch of the Tech Talent Charter, it's encouraging to see that there's real buy-in to improve the diversity of our workforce. However, with only one in five digital tech jobs nationally covered by women there is more work to do to get the balance right. Diversity makes good business sense and it's positive to see smaller companies leading the way. I now want more of our larger companies to sign up to the Charter and commit to getting more women into tech jobs."

Sinead Bunting, European Marketing VP, Monster and founder of the Tech Talent Charter said, “We are pleased to announce that this report shows our signatories are ahead of the curve when it comes to gender representation but aren’t resting on their laurels and are still determined to improve even further. Even those without policies or targets already in place have plans to put them in place for 2019 to bring about further change.”

We want to really move the dial in 2019, and to do this we must focus on collaborating to find practical solutions to age-old problems like retraining, returners and recruitment.”

All the policies and practices that the Tech Talent Charter has developed with its UK wide members to move gender diversity in tech forward are available in The Open Playbook of Best Practice.

The Tech Talent Charter has also compiled a searchable and sortable Diversity Directory containing over 300 programmes that employers can draw on to drive inclusion and diversity.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

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