London, 23rd November, 2017: Sopra Steria is delighted to be a founding signatory of the Tech Talent Charter - a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that better reflects the make-up of the population.
Sopra Steria is committed to gender equity in our own business, but we are not standing still and know that we must work hard to maintain and improve the balance - by attracting and retaining more female talent, especially in technical roles, we will future-proof our company’s success in the IT industry.
As a signatory of this Charter, we pledge to:
- Having a senior-level, named representative with responsibility for the Charter commitments
- Adopting inclusive attraction and recruitment processes, working toward a goal that, wherever possible, women are included on the shortlist for interviews and diverse talent is actively encouraged to apply for roles
- Working collectively with other signatories to develop, share and implement protocols / best practice for the practical implementation of the aims of this Charter
- Contributing our employment diversity data into a common central anonymised database, for sharing amongst signatories bi-annually, and for publishing publicly in an annual report
- Ensuring we have employment policies and practices that support the development and retention of an inclusive and diverse workforce
We will continue to develop and run initiatives that aim to advance gender equality in business and tech, and our current examples include:
- Promoting careers in IT and business to girls and young women by running technology competitions and giving talks and offering mentorship
- Growing our apprenticeship and graduate programmes to offer more opportunities and alternative career pathways for young people
- Offering flexible working options to support work-life balance and diverse work and family arrangements
- Providing leadership for our industry by participating on techUK’s Women in Tech Council and the board of Scotland Women in Tech
John Neilson, Deputy CEO at Sopra Steria says, “We take diversity and gender parity very seriously and so fully support the aims of the Tech Talent Charter. I am working with my HR and Recruitment teams to understand how we can attract more females into an industry where technology is transforming lives – not only today but for future generations. I also want to work with other signatory companies to share experiences and best practices that will help to drive a more inclusive and diverse workforce in both Sopra Steria and our industry.”
Tech Talent Charter CEO, Debbie Forster comments: “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’re asking organisations to pledge their support for the Tech Talent Charter and join us on our exciting journey.”
Rt. Hon Matt Hancock MP says: “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.”
More information about Tech Talent Charter is available here
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