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Monster calls on recruitment industry to join together to get more women in technology roles

London, 20 April 2015 – Following on from Monster's Girls in Coding event, held last week at a full Skills Matter eXchange in London, the job board and HR tech provider is calling on the recruitment industry to join them in forging a Tech Talent charter to help get more women into technology, IT and coding roles.

To ensure females have a role in the development of the coding language of the future, and remain a key element of the future workforce, Monster.co.uk is calling on the recruitment industry to join them in pledging to do more in promoting women into roles of technology, IT and coding by supporting a TechTalent Charter to forge a framework of action for the future.

Monster's Girls in Coding event, which marked the start of its Girls In Coding campaign, brought together industry experts to facilitate discussion around what can be done to encourage females to take up coding and how best to help them embrace and enjoy a crucial skill which will enable them to remain at the forefront of the future workforce. The discussions were split into three panel sessions: tackling the issues of getting young girls into coding; upskilling graduates and current professionals; and the challenges of finding tech talent today – with schools, parents, role models, industry, recruiters and society as a whole having an important part to play.

To further promote the campaign, Monster has confirmed that they are the official recruitment partner of the Festival of Code run by Young Rewired State on 27th July - 2nd August 2015. Monster are also partnering with Code First: Girls to run a series of three workshops this summer on how to recruit female tech talent.

Sinead Bunting, Marketing Director UK and Ireland, commented: "Last week's event was really successful with its primary aim being to raise awareness of the issue within the HR and recruitment industry. However we see this as being the first step towards making a real and meaningful difference in this important area.

We are looking forward to continuing to promote this issue throughout the rest of the year in order to make a tangible difference to the amount of women considering coding as an exciting and rewarding career option. We are keen to enter discussion with others in the HR and recruitment industry to make sure we, as a sector, are doing all we can to ensure women are represented in this area for job growth in the future - working together as an industry is the best way of making a genuine difference. Together we can work towards getting more girls into coding, encourage women into technology roles, and in the process ensure that the tech that is meant for everyone is built by everyone. This is also a key way to close the digital skills gap we are currently experiencing in the UK."

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