Unit4, a world leader in enterprise software for service organisations, has signed up to the Tech Talent Charter. This UK initiative encourages and supports signatories to share experience and ideas to help drive diversity and address gender imbalance in their own businesses and across the technology industry as a whole.
Just 17% of Tech/ICT workers in the UK are female, and only one in ten women are currently taking A-Level computer studies, and yet there is a looming digital skills gap where the UK needs one million more tech workers by 2020.
So far over 250 companies, including HP, BT, Salesforce, Cancer Research UK, Deloitte and the BBC, have signed up to this Government backed scheme. “A digital gender divide is unacceptable, which is why we’re working with industry to ensure that everyone has access to the exciting employment opportunities within our tech sector,’’ said Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP. ‘’To make the UK the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business we need the right workforce, and it’s great to see more organisations sign up to the Tech Talent Charter and improve diversity.”
In addition to signing up to the Charter, we have launched our own initiative, Unit4 Includes, as we focus on diversity across all elements of our business, processes and policies. Our objective is to attract, recruit and retain more women into roles across the business and for them to enjoy long and rewarding careers in the company.
‘’The software industry has traditionally been male dominated and we are aware of the negative impact that a lack of diversity can have on a workforce,’’ says Lisa Dodman, VP HR Northern & Eastern Europe at Unit4. ‘’The Tech Talent Charter reinforces our approach to diversity and enables us to be a part of a united voice, encouraging best practice across our industry.’’
Debbie Forster, MBE and CEO for Tech Talent Charter, added: ‘’It’s vital for the industry to come together as a whole to do more to show females that a career in technology is incredibly rewarding, to increase the number of females working within the industry, to attract people who are considering a career change, and to encourage younger generations to consider these careers from the word go. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we are delighted to have Unit4 become a signatory to the Tech Talent Charter. They understand that it is time to move from talk to action and such collaboration is essential to really move the dial on diversity. It is great to be working with them on this exciting journey.’’
More information about the Tech Talent Charter is available here.