Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) has confirmed its commitment to championing diversity within tech and digital employment by signing up to the national Tech Talent Charter (TTC).
The Tech Talent Charter is a government-supported, industry-led membership group that brings together 700+ signatories and equips them with the networks and resources to drive their diversity and inclusion efforts.
Currently, just 19% of UK tech workers are women, and only 18% of UK IT specialists are from ethnic minorities.
With an estimated 870,000 vacancies in digital and tech in the UK, it is clear the industry is not attracting all the available talent, costing the economy an estimated £63 billion each year.
Assistant Director of Information and Communication Technology at WCHG, Wayne Squire, said: “We are delighted to be joining the Tech Talent Charter as a signatory. We believe in equality for all, and that every person has the right to be treated fairly and with dignity and respect.
“Equality and diversity is at the heart of all we do at WCHG, in both the services we provide and as an employer. By joining the TTC we are committing to increasing diversity in Tech in a practical and measurable way.”
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Lilianna Vetter, said: “We want and need to be visible about our commitment to diversifying our recruitment practices. Signing up to the Tech Talent Charter is one of the first steps in doing this as it allows us to be part of a community of like-minded organisations who want to affect change in Tech.”