Liverpool Girl Geeks have joined forces with 8 local digital and tech companies to increase awareness of why diversity in the workplace matters and help create more inclusive environments to work within. Through their membership scheme they have asked their partners to co-create a pledge, which will progress the diversity and inclusion agenda within their organisations and encourage others within the city region to follow suit.
In the North West only 19% of tech jobs are held by women and there is a widening digital skills gap with many companies within the burgeoning tech sector struggling to find enough talent to fill all of the roles. Liverpool Girl Geeks was established in 2013 and exists to correct the gender imbalance within tech; with a mission to create a more diverse and balanced workforce. They do this by providing opportunities for females of all ages through education, training, mentoring and networking.
In 2016 Liverpool Girl Geeks launched a company membership scheme, which was designed to create a business community of local companies who truly care about diversity in the workplace. It enables companies to work closely with one another and share good practice. The team at Liverpool Girl Geeks provide services to the members to help them tackle some of the issues that they face in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. These include a wide range of activities from profiling role models within the member organisations, providing volunteering opportunities for members staff and working with members to improve their policies and practices.
The pledge which Liverpool Girl Geeks created in collaboration with their members is a way of formalising what the group have achieved over the past year. Members have committed to making their workplaces more fair and diverse. The collective aspire to lead the way in the city region and across the North West by adopting best practices and ensuring that Liverpool becomes known for being the best place to work if you are female.
Pledge – Main points
A commitment to implementing transparent and fair recruitment procedures that encourage inclusivity and diversity by advertising jobs that are flexible, where possible and having a diverse recruitment panel.
to ensure that all employees will receive equal pay for work of equal value.
A commitment to having more women on their boards and/or senior leadership team, working towards a 50/50 split at senior level. Publishing diversity data annually.
When organising internal and external events and trainings, members commit to 50/50 gender representation on speaker panels.
If we as a business and industry are serious about improving the gender balance and tackling the digital skills gap, we need to continue to support organisations like Liverpool Girl Geeks who are making an impact. That’s why we have helped to create their members pledge which we think could drive real and lasting change across the sector.
Nick Howe, Managing Director at Uniform
Members who have signed up to the pledge
Liverpool Girl Geeks are currently accepting new members onto their scheme. You can find out more on our membership page. If you are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and would like to join, contact us.