The government gives the Tech Talent Charter its full backing

 

Following on from our article on the Tech Talent Charter last November, the government is extending its backing (already seen in the shape of a grant to support its early-stage development), by writing to major tech firms asking them to sign up to the charter.

Digital and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has announced the whole of Government will sign up to the Tech Talent Charter, whilst the newly appointed Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, Margot James, will add weight to that by directly asking big tech employers to get on board. It’s a real boost to the scheme, which already has more than 125 signatories, and is a positive step towards addressing the gender imbalance in the tech workforce. This commitment from the government shows it’s gathering even more momentum.

Mr Hancock said, “We recently launched the Tech Talent Charter and more than 125 companies have signed a pledge to take concrete measures to improve the gender diversity of their tech workforce.

“It is essential the public sector leads the way in driving this change and I can announce every Government department will be signing the charter.

“Cracking the challenge is in part about changing the education system but it’s also about changing the culture and opening up.

“So the Minister for Digital will also be writing to major tech firms asking them to sign up. This will help galvanise support for the charter so everyone has the opportunity to fill the fantastic jobs available.”


Wednesday, 31 January 2018

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The government gives the Tech Talent Charter its full backing