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Digital and Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that the government will sign up to the Tech Talent Charter to help tackle the gender imbalance in the tech workforce.
The charter covers all organisations employing people in technology roles and commits signatories to include women on interview shortlists wherever possible and collect and submit anonymised data for an annual diversity report.
As part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s push for gender equality, minister Margot James will write to major tech firms asking them to sign up to the charter to help support gender diversity across the industry.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport was the first government department to sign the charter. Other government departments are now expected to follow suit.
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 today 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.”