Block is delighted to announce it has become a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter (TTC); an important and growing movement to drive a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce and industry.
According the TTC, just 17% of tech or ICT workers in the UK are female, only one in ten females are currently taking A-Level computer stories, and yet there is a looming digital skills gap where the UK needs one million more tech workers by 2020.
“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. 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,” explains Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP.
Block joins more than 125 organisations from start up to multi-national, taking a series of actions and working in unity to drive real meaningful change. The initiative is supported within Block by our People & Experience Team, recently formed in recognition of the evolving tech talent landscape, and focussed on strengthening the ways in which we grow, support and develop a diverse talent workforce.
Block’s commitments to the charter include:
- Ensuring best practices to attract, recruit and retain and increase workforce diversity
- Defining a timetable for change and implement a strategy to drive this journey
- Measuring the diversity profile of our team and share this for collective intelligence
“I am excited to become part of such a fundamentally important initiative,” says Marc Chang, CEO of Block. “Driving this step change is essential to the future prosperity of our industry, and Block is entirely committed to the charter and its ambition to support the incredible talent pool of this nation, regardless of gender. We look forward to joining so many other great organisations in leading the way for a more diverse and inclusive tech industry,” he concludes.
Block is an IT innovation business, offering expert consultancy, business transformation and managed services that empower clients to aspire and succeed. Combining deep vertical market expertise with proven technical capability, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver impactful, measurable and sustainable business outcomes ensuring investment priorities are effectively aligned to strategic objectives. Our solutions and services help clients across enterprise, commercial and public sectors to increase productivity, accelerate growth and deliver outstanding user experiences.