2020 has been a unique year and as we shifted to new work from home conditions with a growing team, it became apparent we needed to spend some time developing our internal processes. Read below on how we built our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee, some of the changes we’ve already made with more to come, and our joining the Tech Talent Charter.
What steps are Hiperpool taking in D&I?
In early 2020 we set up our D&I committee which quickly grew from 4 volunteer members to 8. Since then, we’ve created a set of goals and undertaken new initiatives. To create accountability, our D&I objectives are tracked and monitored in the same way as the company’s financial and performance goals.
Since starting the committee we’ve taken a number of steps to improve our processes. We’ve designed new internal hiring processes to make them more inclusive. We’ve audited our job descriptions for exclusive language and signed up to diversity-focused job boards. We’ve implemented competency-based interviews as standard and created a framework for assessing candidates in the same way.
There is still a lot more for us to do and we’re excited to get to work. In Q4 we’re planning to introduce an employee wellbeing programme, carry out an internal inclusion survey and create an outreach programme to teach our clients what we’ve learnt. As a company, we will continue to do our part and push ourselves even further in 2021 and thereafter.
We’ve taken action one step further by joining the Tech Talent Charter (TTC). We’re committed to creating inclusion and diversity throughout our organisation and we share more details about the TTC and what it means below.
Why have we joined the Tech Talent Charter?
In the UK, only 16% of the technology workforce is female. 19% of the UK workforce has a disability, but in technology only 9% of workers do. 14% of the population is from a BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background, but only 8.5% of senior leaders in technology are. Clearly, technology organisations need to change the way they recruit and retain talent to balance this inequality.
“Hiperpool is excited to join the Tech Talent Charter. We are committed to building a diverse workforce and inclusive culture as well as helping our clients to do the same. It’s imperative that we all take concrete actions to address systemic inequality in the technology sector. We look forward to collaborating with our industry peers!”
—Antonio Leone, Co-Founder
What is the TTC?
The TTC was founded in 2017 by a group of industry leaders who wanted to create real solutions for problems around diversity and inclusion in technology companies. Since it’s foundation, it has been part of the UK Digital Strategy published by the Government’s Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. Signatories include Lloyds Banking Group, CISCO, Unilever, Vodafone and many more. All signatory companies collaborate, sharing best practices and learnings to build better D&I strategies.
Each September, TTC collates D&I data from all of its signatory organisations, using this to create an in-depth benchmarking report so companies can understand how they can improve.
Learning from and sharing our experiences with other members of the TTC will allow us to continually improve. We look forward to being part of this community.