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Join us for the Wonder Women Tech Event!

Join us for the Wonder Women Tech / Women and Diversity conference during London Tech Week at the Plexal! An exciting weekend of Speakers , Keynotes, breakouts panel discussions  and career development workshops Read more below:

Celebration of #IWD2018

We had a wonderful day celebrating International Women’s day 2018, working our way across London and beyond.  A big Shout out to Plumstead Manor School who put on such a wonderful packed day  – you were a terrific audience!   An absolute pleasure to share the platform with some amazing speakers and panellist during the […]

Prince’s Trust Awards

What a fabulous day attending the Princes Trust Awards :   An inspirational afternoon listening to young people’s courageous stories #ThePrincesTrust Awards giving young people the confidence to live, learn and to earn. @Mosaicnetwork #youthcandoit Sign up to mentor here: https:/ 

How will you be pushing for progress?

Today is International Womens’ Day! There has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress  via @womensday #IWD #IWD2018 #womensday #internationalwomensday     I will #PressforProgress and … question assumptions about women challenge statements that limit women always use inclusive language work to remove barriers to women’s progress buy from retailers […]

WWT Conference

We’re partnering with our US partner to bring the second WonderWomenTech conference to the UK and would love you to join / support or be a part of it! WWT London Conference  SAVE THE DATE What Magic Can You Expect?   Wonder Women Tech is Back and bigger than ever! We’ll be at the Plexal […]

Patchwork Foundation – #GetInvolved 2018

Dear Friend, Patchwork Foundation would like to invite you to participate in our #GetInvolved Programme. In the lead up to the Local Council Election on the 3rd May 2018, Patchwork Foundation will be offering you the opportunity to campaign alongside a number of high profile MP’s, Cabinet and Shadow Ministers. Through this programme you will get a fantastic experience and […]

Tech Talent Charter

Contracts IT recruitment Consulting is absolutely thrilled to pledge its support to the Tech Talent Charter. We love the fact that the TTC is run as an industry collective and using the power of collaboration to bring about meaningful change in the world of Technology – this resonates with our philosophy of “favouring curiosity and […]

Work Finder presents opportunity to inspire the next generation!

Great to be attending the exclusive event discussing how business and education must work together to inspire the next generation, provide them with work experience opportunities and empower them to explore the world of work on their own terms. Inspiring to hear from Founders4Schools’ Executive Chair Sherry Coutu CBE mission to introduce young people to inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders. […]

International Visit to India – the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme is proud to present the first mayoral B32B and Edtech mission to Mumbai and Bangalore

The Mayor’s International Business Programme is proud to present our first Mayoral B2B and Edtech mission to Mumbai and Bangalore. This visit brings 18 of London’s high-growth companies to identify partnerships and explore business opportunities, taking in the vibrant cities of Mumbai and Bangalore. Technology is a growing sector for India and London businesses are […]

What we mean by “digital”

Written by Myra Hunt, Chief Digital Officer at DEFRA We took over as Defra’s joint Chief Digital Officers back in July. Since then, we’ve spent a lot of time meeting a lot of different people at all levels around the organisation, asking questions and listening. One thing that’s emerged is that not everyone shares the […]

Reflections on diversity in tech

Written by Vivienne Artz, President of WIBF 300 people, mainly women, and mainly young women at that, gathered in one venue made for an engaging, fascinating, illuminating day at the 17% Banking on Diversity in Tech event on Thursday 2nd November. Collaboration by Lloyds Banking Group, Digital Leaders and Women in Banking and Finance made […]

Technology for the many

Written by Chris Yiu, Senior Policy Fellow for Technology at the Tony Blair Institute This post follows the launch of TBI’s first major publication on tech policy. You can read the full report here, and a foreword by Tony Blair here. The defining characteristic of the modern era is change, particularly change driven by advances in technology. […]

#WeAreNMSDC Podcast: Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines

For our latest interview, we sit down and talk with Mike Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer and Nancy Betz, Chief Human Resources & Administrative Officer at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines (FHLBDM). For those not familiar with the organization, FHLBDM “is a member-owned cooperative that provides funding solutions and liquidity to […]

The 2017 Agenda: Harnessing the power of disruption

There is an urgent and imperative need to adjust to a new disruptive reality. What tools are essential for emerging leaders in this age of environmental, social, technological and political disruption? The Women of the Future Summit gathers together current and emerging leaders from across the globe, to discuss how it is possible to harness […]

A Successful Generation Success Technology Event Inspiring the Next Generation of Technology Experts

On the 20th June 2017, Generation Success hosted “GS Power Series: London Technology Week Special.” This invigorating and rousing networking seminar provided today’s aspiring youths with the invaluable opportunity to gain guidance by some of the UK’s top tech experts on how to succeed within the ever-growing and dynamic world of technology. The event began with […]

Making Britain the safest place in the world to be online

Cracking down on dangers like cyber-bullying, trolling and under-age access to porn, the Government’s Internet Safety Strategy proposes: A new social media code of practice to see a joined-up approach to remove or address bullying, intimidating or humiliating online content An industry-wide levy so social media companies and communication service providers contribute to raise awareness and counter […]


Phase IV of the Apollo Project (an initiative of the InterLaw Diversity Forum) is now underway and we are accepting nominations of individuals or organisations whose initiatives are furthering the advancement of inclusive cultures in the workplace to promote meritocracy. *Individual awards have been added this year in order to recognise individual change-makers as well as organisations. Please use the nomination forms on the […]


The The Apollo Project is a global cross-sector initiative for businesses and organisations of all sizes, which provides the practical tools needed to better embed more inclusive workplace practices and cultures to promote meritocracy.  The Apollo Project seeks out and awards ground-breaking initiatives and examples of best practice backed up by evidence, and then offers […]

GSDA | A global information network promoting minority supplier inclusion

The Global Supplier Diversity Alliance provides a unique collaborative and effective global supplier diversity platform representing international supplier diversity advocacy organisations in five countries: Australia: Supply Nation Canada: Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) China: Minority Supplier Development in China (MSDChina) South Africa: South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) UK: Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) Collectively, these […]

Human rights can’t be conditional on a work permit

Overseas domestic workers are routinely subjected to abuses such as withdrawal of pay – victims, in part of their immigration status. ‘[The employers] did not give me [enough] to eat. Only once a day, limited food. I was hungry. That is why I said I made a sacrifice: you need to work, you sacrifice everything’. […]


NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED The eighth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards, in association with techUK, is now open for nominations until Monday 16 October and seeking those individuals whose achievements not only influence those they work with, but also the next generation working in the UK’s technology industry. This year’s programme will have a focus on identifying and celebrating […]


Now in its eighth year, nominations for the 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are now open! The annual Awards programme uncovers and celebrates the most inspirational women working within STEM industries, demonstrating the vast range of career opportunities that the sector has to offer for women. This year’s programme will have a focus on […]

Throwback to our WonderWomen Tech London 2017 Conference!

Wonder Women Tech goes Global! Enjoy the highlights from our first London Conference hosted by the Ministry of Justice UK, April 27th and at Expedia Inc. headquarters on April 28th, 2017. We had a wonderful time exploring diversity and inclusion and highlighting, celebrating and educating women and diversity in STEAM industries. Not featured is our […]


Innovation Challenge winner Amit Pate, Snaptivity, with Denis Ford, Cummins Amit Pate of Snaptivity, a smart stadium technology that drives fan engagement at live sporting events, won the MSDUK Innovation Challenge on 21st September 2017 in Birmingham. In a pitching contest organised at Edgbaston cricket ground, judges declared that Mr Pate’s platform had considerable opportunity […]

Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting Go to Grow: Cohort Six of The Mayor’s International Business Programme

We are delighted to announce that we have been accepted onto this new and exclusive programme. The programme is targeted at fast-growing London based companies operating in the technology, life sciences and urban sectors and provides support with the aim of facilitating further growth. Partners to the programme include the European Union (European Regional development fund) KPMG who […]

WoW Woman in STEM | Ghaithaa Manla, Manager of Impactech and Enterprise Research Fellow at the University of Southampton

Dr. Ghaithaa Manla, Impactech manager is currently Enterprise Research Fellow for the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering. She strongly believes that having a healthy and strong relationship between these separate worlds will ensure that scientific discoveries and technological developments are accessible to the end users who can then further exploit the technology into new […]

WoW Woman in IoT | Maria McKavanagh, COO of Verv

Maria McKavanagh is Chief Operating Officer of Verv where they have created a magic box that uses artificial intelligence to turn all your appliances into smart appliances. Verv is a London-based tech startup that received their seed funding from Ignite and have gone on to raise a further million pounds from other sources. Previously Maria […]

Getting You Motivated in September

How has your Summer been? I had a truly memorable two weeks with my family in amazing Thailand. I had my first experience of a hillside elephant trek, was struck by the serenity of grand temples housing gigantic Buddha statues and ended the trip navigating the crazy busy streets of Bangkok. The true highlight was […]

Unconscious Bias And Emotional Resilience

Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Psychologists, holistic therapists, psychiatrists and individuals involved in the mental health field, and other caring professionals work in roles where good interpersonal skills are vital for the quality of service they deliver. Interpersonal skills such as listening and thinking about how the other person may be feeling are fundamental. Caring for another is […]

We’re hiring across the Recruitment Spectrum!

We have some exciting  career opportunities for consultants who wish to work for a company with a difference. We’re looking for  business development consultants, experienced recruiters, resource consultants and entry level research / marketing consultants. Experience of  Diversity recruiting or someone looking for training in this area would be great. This is a permanent position where […]


We have been hard at work at GS HQ and are excited by what we have for you coming up. The main news is that we have:  Booked all events for 2017 – October 2018. They will soon be posted up. (click here) We have secured 200 new mentors through a partnership with an online […]

Fortune Brainstorm Tech Tackles Diversity

Short up top today, since I’m in Aspen helping the team prepare for Fortune Brainstorm Tech, which gets underway at 2pm Mountain Time. I can already report that diversity and inclusion are top of mind for most of the attendees I’ve spoken with, inspired by the torrent of difficult news coming out of the tech sector, the current national […]


Ethnic minority businesses in the UK are at the forefront of building an innovation-driven economy and MSDUK is delighted to support the growth of high-potential, technologydriven EMBs by providing them access to markets, investment and know-how through our Innovation Challenge programme. About Innovation Challenge Innovation Challenge is a business competition, sponsored by Cummins, that invites […]

Manifesto for a racism-free post-Brexit Britain

A new coalition of 20 race equality campaign groups has launched a manifesto for a racism-free post-Brexit Britain which includes a set of demands they want the next government to adopt. The ‘Manifesto for Race Equality in Britain’ includes policy proposals to tackle racial inequalities in the jobs market, housing, and criminal justice. Proposals include: […]

Diversity UK honours Paul Stephenson OBE

Diversity UK yesterday honoured race equality campaigner Paul Stephenson OBE with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work on diversity and inclusion. Mr Stephenson was presented with his award by Helen Grant MP, Dilip Joshi MBE, Chair of Diversity UK and Anil Bhanot OBE, Chair of the Ethnic Minority Foundation, on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. […]

Women & Fashion Technology Event | London 12 June

To kick off London Tech Week, Women of Wearables are organising another monthly meetup on Monday June 12 where we will be discussing all things fashion tech! Our speakers include our WoW women Kristina Dimitrova CEO of Interlaced, Dr Camille Baker co-founder of E-Stitches, Ishwari Thopte Fashion Tech Project Officer at Centre for Fashion Enterprise, Nancy Boehm and Lou-Ann […]

The National Diversity Awards!!!

A word from Graham Norton Comedian, Television & Radio Presenter ‘’Promoting and celebrating diversity is close to my heart which is why I am thrilled to support The National Diversity Awards! I want to wish all of this year’s nominees the best of luck for the ceremony, you all deserve to win!’’   TWO WEEKS […]


Thursday, June 15th 3.00pm London time, 10.00am New York time Hosted by TONY RESTELL with invited expert GAVIN SPEIRS Join us to explore… How the actions of hiring managers and recruiters materially impact your Quality of Hire The ways your business can leverage data and technology to improve Quality of Hire How to determine your […]

Empowering non-technical staff to accelerate digital transformation

Empowering non-technical staff to accelerate digital transformation (Guest post) Virginia Choy, CEO of PretaGov, explains how developer shortages will slow digital transformation in the public sector, and why low-code form builders could empower non-technical staff and accelerate the channel shift The government is pushing hard to move public services online and they have made several […]


FinTech Circle had a successful launch of their 1st FinTech Academy in Africa with their partner Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTI) combined with the Africa launch of The FINTECH Book.  They welcomed readers from more than 107 countries and joined the PowerLunch at CNBC Africa live. FINTECH IS AN ECONOMIC SECTOR WHERE COMPANIES APPLY TECHNOLOGY TO […]

Wonder Women Tech London Delivers Inclusivity Message

Wonder Women Tech held April 27 to April 28 in London brought together hundreds of global professionals from a variety of sectors interested in a shift towards greater diversity and inclusion. With partners such as the Ministry of Justice, Contracts Recruiting, Expedia, Google and many other corporations, the two-day conference’s mission was to highlight, educate […]

Tech Wonder Woman Fights for Gender Equality, Social Good

Lisa Mae Brunson always wanted to change the world. While that probably sounds like a superwoman-sized mission statement, it’s not far from her reality. Through the power of tech, Brunson strives to solve some of the world’s major challenges that foster inequality. As the producer of both Hacks4Humanity and Wonder Women Hacks, along with a […]

Speaker Spotlight- Saija Mahon

Saija Mahon is an amazing entrepreneur in the world of STEAM. After working for some of London’s biggest online marketing agencies, in 2010 Mahon founded her own digital media company, Mahon Digital Marketing Ltd. Additionally Saija has also founded Lonely Robot Web Design Agency that solely specializes in web design and build within the UK […]

Wonder Women Tech London Conference

Wonder Women Tech London Conference hosted by Ministry of Justice and Contracts IT: Ministry of Justice 102 Petty France, Westminster, London SW1H 9AJ Join us on April 27th and enjoy an exciting day of speakers, keynotes, breakouts, panel discussions and career development workshops. Discover your next career position and/or mentor at our Speed Recruiting and […]

Speaker Spotlight-Susanne Chishti

Susanne Chishti is an entrepreneur, investor and innovative leader in the world of financial technology (fintech). She began her career in the tech industry 20 years ago with a Silicon Valley company named Tandem Computers (now part of HP).She has been in the fintech industry before the term was even created! Since then Chishti has […]

Speaker Spotlight-Silja Litvin

Silja Litvin is a remarkable woman in the world of STEAM. A former model, she gave up that lavish career to become a psychologist. Silja has a passion for helping those who suffer from mental illnesses. This passion is what prompted her to create and serve as CEO of Psycapps. Psycapps is an app that […]

Speaker Spotlight-Naheed Afzal

Naheed Afzal has been a leader in the diversity and inclusion movement within the tech industry for almost two decades. In 1999 she co-founded Contracts-IT, a  specialist technology recruitment agency offering a unique and integrated approach to IT staffing for the corporate and public sector around the globe. Fairness, equality and social innovation have been […]

#WeAreChangemakers #WWT2107 conference

I wanted to pen an update for our Inaugural London Women in #STEAM conference on 27th & 28th April 2017 with our wonderful US Partner Wonder Women Tech and to give a special thank you to our Headline sponsors, the Ministry of Justice and Expedia. Wonder Women Tech is an organization that produces year-round programming […]


PODCASTS In episode 52 of the Electric Runway podcast, fashion tech journalist Amanda Cosco speaks with Marija Butkovic and Michelle Hua, two England-based fashion tech entrepreneurs and the co-founders of WOW—that’s Women of Wearables. WOW is a network for inspiring, connecting, and supporting women in wearable tech, fashion tech, IoT, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. Their conversation […]


LONG BEACH, Calif. –March 28, 2017– From April 27-28, Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting (CIT) will join Wonder Women Tech (WWT) for their first inaugural conference in London. They are dedicating this conference to the #WeAreChangemakers movement as well as the involvement of women, minorities and other underrepresented groups in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and […]

Gender equality at workplaces need fast-tracking

The persistence of gender inequality in the workplace is getting harder to swallow. While most people accept that major cultural change doesn’t happen overnight, the call for an equal opportunity business environment has been ringing for decades while progress has been limited. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has predicted that it will take more than […]

Women of Wearables

  After a brilliant time at the Wearable Tech Show where we met amazing Tom Emrich from We Are Wearables Canada, hosted a panel with some of our WoW women and interviewed incredible wearable tech companies, we celebrated an impromptu International Women’s Day event at the show bringing all our women together for some drinks […]

#WeAreChangemakers #WWT2107 conference

I wanted to pen an update for our Inaugural London Women in #STEAM conference on 27th & 28th April 2017 with our wonderful US Partner Wonder Women Tech and to give a special thank you to our Headline sponsors, the Ministry of Justice and Expedia. Wonder Women Tech is an organization that produces year-round programming […]

Developing digital talent in London

The Mayor’s Digital Talent Programme is investing £7 million to help young people get the right skills to fill jobs in London’s booming digital, creative and technology sectors. It will work by: joining up education and training with industry improving teaching in this area establishing new courses and apprenticeships and inspiring young people to gain the digital […]

Government Digital Outcomes Specialists!

We are also delighted to announce that Contracts IT’s second application to the Government Digital Outcomes specialist was successful! As well as being a supplier for user research they will now be supplying digital outcomes and specialists on the Crown Commercial Service Framework agreement. Busy recruiting and staffing Our teams have been busily involved with […]


Our very own Adam Byatt, owner of Trinity restaurant Old Town, was this years proud winner of the 2017 Imbibe Personality of the Year award. This coveted award brings together the drinks industry’s great and good to recognise outstanding achievement in various sectors of the on-trade, as well as awards for innovators, educators and the up-and-coming. Nominees for […]

“I Want Inspiration”

Modern Muse will inform you about the working world, help you explore your subject choices and give you an idea of where those choices may lead. You can use the site to get career inspiration, connections, and advice from Muses and the companies they work for. Muses are successful women, from a variety of backgrounds […]

Equipping You to Lead  – Webinars Series

I’m delighted to let you know that I have crafted a range of – Personal and Professional Development webinars to Equip you to Lead. The webinars are packed with Theory & Practical examples, Strategies and Tips all free of Charge – Register Now The full list of webinars are below, enjoy! GOAL SETTING FOR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS 17th February […]

Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful on The Digital Marketplace as a Government Supplier and have been awarded a place on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2 Framework. Through Digital Outcomes and Specialists 2, we can provide teams to build and support a digital service. We can also provide public sector customers […]

Discover the power of positive thinking #mentor

Making the most of my Enterprise Challenge experience   My involvement with Mosaic, an initiative of The Prince’s Trust, has been such an incredible personal journey and one that has now resulted in seeing our business concept become a reality and really impact on people’s lives. I recall being selected to participate in the Enterprise […]


Paving our way to the Boardroom – The Current Situation In the last few years we have seen a shift with business no longer asking why women’s representation is so important but how they can make gender diversity a reality. This is a positive step forward, however the reality is that progress in women’s representation […]

WeAreTech: Women Conference 2016 | 60 seconds with our speakers

WeAreTechnology, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first full-day WeAreTech: Women conference for female technologists. Over 200 women in technology descended on Barclays, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf on 23 November to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks. Throughout the day, attendees heard about the latest in digital, […]

TAL Diversity in Tech

It has been just under two months since TLA Diversity in Tech. Below is a link to a film from the event prepared by Rioch Edwards-Brown and the team at So You Wanna Be In TV On the 6th October 2016, 800 members of the tech community gathered at Here East for the ‘Diversity In […]

Women On Boards

The network of choice for women seeking to build their board career. WOB subscribers get unique access to 1-on-1 support and board connections. The WOB Vacancy Board lists hundreds of board and committee roles across all sectors. This week the WOB Website has 43 new vacancies listed for non-executive directors, trustees and committee members. Women […]

WeAreTech: Women Conference 2016 | In Words

WeAreTechnology, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first full-day WeAreTech: Women conference for female technologist at Barclays, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf yesterday. Facilitator Kate Russell, BBC click presenter and author, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. She encouraged the audience, saying, “We don’t want anything just because we’ve got ovaries. […]

WeAreTech: Women Conference 2016 | In Pictures

WeAreTechnology, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first full-day WeAreTech: Women conference for female technologists. Over 200 women in technology descended on Barclays, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf on 23 November to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks. Throughout the day, attendees heard about the latest in digital, […]

So pleased to have sponsored the Inaugural WeAreTechconference 2016

WeAreTechnology, the technology arm of WeAreTheCity, hosted its first full-day WeAreTech: Women conference for female technologist at Barclays, One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf yesterday. Facilitator Kate Russell, BBC click presenter and author, kicked off the day and welcomed all the delegates. She encouraged the audience, saying, “We don’t want anything just because we’ve got ovaries. […]

Government Digital Service

“I believe the creation of the Government Digital Service is one of the great unsung triumphs of the last Parliament.” Prime Minister David Cameron The Government Digital Service (GDS) is part of the Cabinet Office. Our job is digital transformation of government. We’re a centre of excellence in digital, technology and data, collaborating with departments […]


“Women want the same things millennials do. They want collaboration, they want to be included in the creation, they want to have life, not work-life balance, they want to have purpose and values met at work.” This was our TLA Women In Tech co-founder Nikki Watkins quoted in Marketing Week recently after participating in a […]

We’re delighted to announce that our Co- founder Naheed Afzal has been invited onto the advisory panel of Wonder Women tech

 We’re delighted to announce that our Co- founder Naheed Afzal has been invited onto the advisory panel of Wonder Women tech Wonder Women Tech (WWT) is a non-profit organization which produces  an annual conference and series of educational programming and initiatives that highlights, educates, and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) […]

We are looking forward to attending and being part of the inspirational lineup at the WeAreTech Conference on 23rd November 2016 Bridging the skills gap sponsored by Barclays, EY,Sky, PWc among others.

WeAreTechnology, the Technology arm of WeAreTheCity is hosting its first full day conference for female technologists in London.  This conference is aimed at women in the tech sector who are looking to broaden their technology horizons, learn new skills and build their technology networks. WeAreTheCity has had a five year history of running successful technology […]

KPMG #NewGen

KPMG played host to celebrate and connect the best of Asian talent last week at their Asian Festive Drinks reception in London. The event brought together a standout crowd of young achievers to the firm’s client space in Mayfair. The Big Four firm kicked off the festival season celebrations in a room full of talented […]

ProcureCon Conference | 8th – 10th November 2016

The ProcureCon Conference takes place on the 8th – 10th of November, 2016 at the Hotel Palace in Berlin and we are very proud to be partnering with the ProcureCon team this year! Dates & Location: 08 – 10 November, 2016 Hotel Palace Berlin Europa Center, Budapester Str. 45, 10787 Berlin, Germany +49 30 2502-0 […]

#MyDiwali – What does Diwali mean to you?

#MyDiwali – What does Diwali mean to you? On 16 October, Diwali Festival will light up Trafalgar Square with the colour, music and dance of India. The square will come alive with the spices and flavours of the Indian street market, beautiful Indian crafts & gifts plus much more. This year, we’d love to see […]


Over 300 guests and hundreds of purchasing organisations from across the world came together to represent and promote the ethnic minority business community at the MSDUK 2016 Awards. Overlooking the iconic Tower Bridge, the gala ceremony took place at the Grange Tower Bridge with a global audience who reflected how societies, countries and economies around the world […]

We’re at the European technology Summit great speakers including DLA Piper, Skype and Wired. speaking all things AI, cybersecurity, big data and IOT

The DLA Piper European Technology Summit was such a success! We were glad to have attended – it was such an eye opening experience. It was great to connect with business leaders in the European tech industry and key figures who shape the regulatory and financial landscape. It was also interesting to hear about key issues […]

Looking for emerging film business execs from a BAME background

BAME Leadership Programme with Creative Skillset offers a “rare and priceless opportunity…” The National Film and Television School has launched a six-month BAME Leadership Programme in partnership with Creative Skillset, which will run between February and August 2017 in London. The programme, which ran for the first time in 2016, has been developed to encourage […]

Women in digital – a gap and an opportunity

Tuesday, 08 March 2016 celebrated International Women’s Day: a day to celebrate women’s achievements. Despite evidence that allowing more women to enter the digital jobs market can create an annual € 9 billion GDP boost in the EU area, there is still a very large ICT gender gap in Europe. Women are more reluctant to take […]

Shattering Glass Ceilings – FREE Virtual Event

Does this sound familiar? You show up at the office early, stay late, and give your all while you are there day-in and day-out, but you are still not being adequately recognised at work?  Or you see less skilled colleagues getting the promotion/recognition/salary YOU deserve?  Or you’ve sacrificed a lot for your career – especially […]

The Excellence In Diversity Awards 2016

The Excellence in Diversity Awards are an exclusive awards ceremony that honours the remarkable work of inclusive employers and unsung diversity champions across the UK. DIVERSITY CHAMPION AWARDS Recognises an individual who has shown outstanding initiative to promote diversity internally and externally, making a positive difference in other’s lives through significant contributions to social justice, equality […]

BEAM Awards Announcement

Nominations for the 2016 BEAM Awards are now open to the public until Sunday, 4th September 2016. An esteemed judging panel will then assess all nominations and make an informed decision on the official 2016 BEAM Awards Shortlist, which will be announced shortly after the closing date of nominations. The winners of each award category for […]

5 Colorado tech events to boost your week

Fundraising discussion and support group, July 26th at 3 p.m. It’s no secret startup funding in Colorado is down. Join Rockies Venture Group for this “mastermind group” conversation with other entrepreneurs looking to raise funds. You’ll have the opportunity to share your challenges and successes and to brainstorm strategies for securing funding. Reverse engineering digital […]

Our CIT interview with Sarah Simcoe

Networks that underpin business change by: Sarah Simcoe Head of Business Enablement EMEIA, Business & Applications Services EMEIA, Fujitsu (day job) Chair – SEED, Fujitsu UK and Ireland PurpleSpace Ambassador (Voluntary)   This is Sarah Simcoe, Head of Business Enablement EMEIA, Business & Applications Services EMEIA at Fujitsu, Chair at SEED, Fujitsu UK and Ireland and voluntary […]

Women in Logistics celebrates award winners

Women in Logistics celebrates award winners by Peter MacLeod A director overseeing a £30m budget, a leader organising aid to war-torn countries, and a young leader helping 15,000 drivers improve their road safety habits were the big winners at the Women in Logistics awards ceremony. The annual event is a celebration of ambitious women working […]

New Google emojis tackle gender stereotypes

New Google emojis tackle gender stereotypes by Dee Sekar Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Audeliss and OUTstanding Gender inequality remains prevalent across many industry sectors. One of these particularly affected sectors is technology. Last year, McKinsey’s study on recruiting and retaining women in technology organisations revealed that the number of young women completing engineering and […]

Women In Logistics UK – 17th June 2016

We’re excited for our Co-founder Naheed Afzal who has made the finalist in the women in logistics awards for Diversity Champion of the Year (sponsored by the Forton Group) The finalists in the Women in Logistics awards this year are… Diversity Champion of the Year (sponsored by the Forton Group) – Naheed Afzal (Contracts IT) […]

A call for inspirational Speakers and mentors!

A call for inspirational Speakers and mentors! Hi All, I hope you won’t mind me giving a shout out to any inspirational speakers out there who may be available to give some short talks to primary and secondary children for a Princes Charity that I’m involved with. We need speakers, Mentors and Training venues for […]

Contracts IT blog by Naheed Afzal

The Influence of Personal Connection in Diversity Recruiting by Naheed Afzal On Mother’s Day, tech titan Sheryl Sandberg shared a reflection with her community on Facebook about the challenges that single mothers face and her new found appreciation for how hard this makes it to also focus on leaning in at work.   “On Mother’s […]

Our CIT interview with Estelle Roweat EDT

Meet our new partner, Estelle Rowe, a trailblazer within STEM and education who with passion, inspires children in an engaging way. Estelle, Director of Central Programmes at The Engineering Development Trust (EDT), MBE award winner for her passion for STEM and education and a major catalyst for EDT winning the WISE Diversity Award in 2012. […]

New Partnership: Contracts IT and Wonder Women Tech

Contracts IT Recruitment Consulting are thrilled to officially partner with Wonder Women Tech in the US. We are looking forward to our transatlantic relationship to highlight, educate and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Mathematics). Contracts IT are enthused by this partnership with Wonder Women Tech! We are hoping you will […]

Our CIT Interview with Christina, Trasys

With 15 years of working in the IT industry, Christina, HR and IT Service Delivery Manager for Trasys, is stunned at the little progression of women in technology. Of course, the notion of the leaky pipeline of women in STEM has become topical over recent years, with more and more organisations, charities and MPs campaigning […]

Contracts IT awarded a Two Ticks disability symbol.

Contracts IT have been awarded the Two Ticks disability symbol by Jobcentre Plus, part of the Department for Work and Pensions. We are proud to be promoting an inclusive culture within our own organisation as well as partnering with our clients across Europe and the US who are at various stages with workforce diversity strategies, […]

UKtech50 panel discussion

Watch the UKtech50 panel discussion here This is a video highlighting the panel session at Computer Weekly’s UKtech50 event for IT leaders. The panel answered questions from the audience on the trends, technologies and leadership challenges they face. The panel included: Henry Cohen, CIO at Telegraph Media Group John Finch, CIO at Bank of England […]

Our CIT Interview with Jonathan Andrews

Jonathan Andrews is a young and inspiring individual who devotes his time and efforts to raising the awareness of autism in the workplace. Jonathan admits he has a lot of exciting things going on as he is currently working with the government’s Disability Confident campaign, he has featured on London Live and has also written […]

Ethnic Diversity Communications Seminar

The business case for reaching and engaging with diverse/ethnic communities from a commercial perspective. Has it ever crossed your mind that there is a big gap in the market to reach out to ethnic communities? The demographics of the UK’s population are changing rapidly. Communities classed as minorities will soon be a majority. Bearing this […]

IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity

IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year […]

Mosaic Enterprise Challenge – South East Regional Final

South East Enterprise Challenge Regional Final You are cordially invited to the South East Enterprise Challenge Regional Final. Watch the top five teams in the South East battle it out to be crowned the region’s champions! The Mosaic Enterprise Challenge is a national competition for secondary school students across the UK, designed to develop and […]

Diversity of Thought

Diversity of Thought Diversity of thought is the idea that there is always more than one way to think about things or accomplish something. This short video briefly explains the concept of ‘diversity of thought’ and also a few simple steps on how to build and promote it at work.     Source: YouTube   

Event: #inspirefest2016

Inspirefest is a truly unique international sci-tech festival, which also celebrates diversity and inclusion in STEM. The core-two day conference is held in Dublin’s vibrant digital docklands district, and is an exploration of pioneering thinking in leadership, technology, science, design, society, and the arts. Our evening Inspirefest Fringe takes place in one of Dublin’s leafy […]

Event : Recruitment Directors’ Quarterly Summits 2016

Tom Glanfield, Tom Glanfield, CEO & Founder of Lawrence Harvey Group.  Lawrence Harvey Group are one of the fastest growing international recruitment companies in country. Recently named Entrepreneur of the Year in industry awards, Tom will be sharing his thoughts and experiences on how to build and continually grow a successful business. Steve Carter has almost 30 years […]

Natalie Wexler: Leaving Room for Improvisation.

Natalie Wexler: Leaving Room for Improvisation. “Don’t get discouraged when you fail, because failures build up to something and it’s well worth it that you continued.” – Natalie Wexler Meet Natalie Wexler, a 9th grader from Chicago, IL. She is a journalist for Sports Illustrated Kids and part of Second City Improv’s teen ensemble. As […]

Charities must not abuse our great generosity

Charities are in the news again – and sadly not for their good works. Too many appear to be failing to meet the moral obligations that accompany the benefits of charitable status. “Rather than blame the media for unwelcome headlines, charities should welcome scrutiny” Most of the nation’s 165,000 charities, run by nearly a million […]

Tech Nation 2016: Transforming UK Industries

Tech Nation 2016: Transforming UK Industries Today marks the launch of Tech Nation 2016, which comes to you from Tech City UK and innovation charity Nesta, supported by core data partner GrowthIntel. Tech Nation 2016 is the most comprehensive analysis of the UK’s Digital Tech Economy to date, showing how the Digital Tech Industries are […]

Calling all young Lambeth entrepreneurs

Calling all young Lambeth entrepreneurs   Young people from Lambeth who dream of starting their own business are being offered the chance to win start-up funding and the support of an experienced mentor to develop and grow their idea. The opportunity is part of ‘Your Big Idea’, an event taking place at Brixton East 1871, […]

Diversity – a call to arms

Diversity in the workplace can benefit the bottom line, but its positive impact goes beyond this and we should all strive to encourage it, writes Suki Thompson, CEO and co-founder, Oystercatchers Last year, Campaign’s ‘A List’ asked the question: “Who in the industry would you be if you could come back as anyone?” My friend […]

Immigrant Women Should Be a Distinct Diversity Demographic by Fiona Citkin, Ph.D.Founder and Managing Director, Expert MS Inc.

Presidential Campaign and Women Arising Immigration has defined today’s presidential campaign more than any other issue. We’ve never seen so many sons of immigrants running for president — or imagined more depressing prospects than closing the door to immigrants who came after us, which some U.S. presidential candidates promise. Gender equality became another huge issue […]

TED2016 Dream.

TED is always looking to curate a diverse, engaged audience. We welcome applications from anyone who would like to attend! Applications are reviewed by the TED team based on a broad set of criteria aimed at ensuring a rich and stimulating exchange of ideas among a diverse group of peers. Apply to attend TED2016 » February […]

#WomenInSTEM debate in Parliament tomorrow 19/01/2016

Date: 18/01/2016   Look out for the #WomenInSTEM debate in Parliament tomorrow 19/01/2016 at 4.30pm   #WomeninSTEM was trending today on Twitter, due to a debate with the House Of Commons and Ben Howlett MP (Bath, Conservative) on diversity in STEM. Tomorrow , Tuesday 19th January between 4.30pm – 5.30pm, Ben Howlett MP will be discuss increasing diversity in STEM careers. […]

More Companies Take Diversity and Inclusion Seriously, Research Says

Diversity is no longer just an empty corporate buzzword with little by way of strategic importance. It’s a subject companies are taking more seriously to bolster business. Almost three-quarters of human resources practitioners (72 percent) see diversity and inclusion as a strategic enabler for their companies’ business strategy, according to a 2015 survey from Human Capital […]

Taking your career to the next level

What is Careers Club? Careers Club is WeAreTheCity’s private members only network.  The club supports its members via access to our member’s only online learning centre which contains 100’s of career related articles alongside webinars, eBooks, videos and courses. Membership to the club also provides members with the opportunity to attend four face to face […]

The Great British Diversity Experiment

The Great British Diversity Experiment sets out to prove greater diversity is best placed to solve society’s problems. Co-founded by Nadya Powell, Laura Jordan-Bambach, Alex Goat, Daniele Fiandaca and Jonathan Akwue. Read all about the Great British Diversity Experiment here via The Drum  Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ContractsIT13 and on our company […]

Let’s champion difference together!

Let’s champion difference together!   Contracts IT Update: We have just created some new groups on our company Linked In Page! Contracts IT are bringing together Professionals, individuals organisations and institutions to join in raising awareness, to share best practice and contribute to matters relating to diversity and inclusion in all its different forms. We are really excited about […]

Encouraging entrepreneurship at an early age

An open letter to UK business leaders from Skinners’ Academy students Watch the delight of Team iRoundUp from Skinners’ Academy, London, our 2015 Mosaic Enterprise Challenge Grand Final Winners. Thank you to the Apax Foundation and Nectar Trust for so generously co-supporting the Enterprise Challenge, and to Hogan Lovells for hosting our Grand Finals event. […]

STEM: It’s a Girl Thing

  STEM: It’s a Girl Thing WIN is excited to share with you a blog post from Aurelia Takacs, a Cisco Business Relationship Manager living in Brussels. Aurelia is an active global advocate for girls and women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. She is intricately involved in Greenlight for Girls, an organization that […]

We are pleased to welcome EDT as a new affiliate at Contracts IT

We are pleased to welcome the Engineering Development Trust, as a new affiliate of Contracts IT. EDT, The Engineering Development Trust, is an independent registered charity, established in 1984.  Their mission is to encourage young people to fulfill their potential through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM): we achieve this by running a range of […]

Contracts IT Terminology

Contracts IT Terminology A nice blog to start the week. Here we define the words we use everyday at Contracts IT. So if you want to work with us, then you may want to read the following… T’s and C’s: Terms and Conditions AKA things are in progress… over to you accounts. Permy: Permanent job. […]

The Power and Struggle of Women in Tech by SurePayroll

While equality between men and women in the workforce has seen improvements in some areas, other fields leave plenty of room for improvement. In technology-related jobs, women are a distinct minority. In fact, the percentage of computing jobs held by women has fallen over the last couple decades. In the U.S., only 11 percent of engineers […]

Anti-Bullying Day at Herbert Morrison Primary School, Lambeth

    Anti-Bullying Day at Herbert Morrison Primary School, Lambeth This week 16th-20th November is #antibullyingweek in England, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance. The theme is ‘Make a Noise about Bullying’. As part of our corporate responsibility, we are committed to working in partnership with our local communities and various charitable organisations. Today we are supporting Herbert Morrison Primary […]


LOVE LAMBETH NEWSLETTER   Free BikeSafe courses Lambeth Transport Team is offering free places on BikeSafe and ScooterSafe courses for riders who live, work or study in the borough, whether you use your bike for pleasure or for commuting. Read more about booking bikesafe courses           School garden grants The Mayor […]

It’s the week of Recruiter Show 2015!

Wait no more…   It’s the week of Recruiter Show 2015! On Wednesday and Thursday Recruiter will take over the Barbican Exhibition Centre with a packed two-day line-up of keynote sessions, expert workshops and a thriving show exhibition. What are you waiting for? Entry is free – sign up now.   Workshops include: Tackling the […]

We encourage you to support the Mosaic Charity!

Have a read of what the Director of the Mosaic Charity, Jonathan Freeman, is saying about organisations investing time and resources into corporate mentoring programs which in turn can lead to significant increases in staff morale, productivity and efficiency. “Mosaic is fully committed to mentoring because we’ve first-hand knowledge of its power to transform lives. This is […]

From your newest recruit Natalia

Hi all at Contracts IT, I simply wanted to thank Naheed for the wonderful opportunity of being part of such a great organisation. There is so much passion and dedication here at Contracts IT, it gives me hope as I know I will learn a lot working here. I can honestly say Naheed and Navaid […]

The power of Positive thinking

The power of Positive thinking Could you be a world of work host for a Princes charity Mosaic and arrange a half day visit for under privileged children?   Mosaic’s World of Work visits connect local employers from a wide range of backgrounds and industries with young people aged 11-18 years old living in deprived […]

Diversity Is … Champions Portrait Exhibition@KPMG

For the second year running, KPMG is holding its annual Inclusion Week. 2014 saw over 2000 colleagues participate in 39 events, bringing the question ‘What is Diversity?’ to life. This year we are building on that foundation. Inclusion Week 2015 promises to be even better, with talks, presentations, film screenings, fitness sessions and more taking place […]

Diversity Is?

As part of Linklaters’ Diversity Week 2015, they will be hosting a selection of portraits from the thought provoking exhibition, ‘Diversity Is…?’ by Shahid Bashir. An eclectic collection of thoughts and images from corporate diversity leaders and agents of change…   Read more:

5 Reasons You Can’t Afford to Ignore Supplier Diversity

Implementing a supplier diversity program is a new frontier — evolving from a possibility to a must-have in many US companies. More stakeholders and policy makers are increasingly seeking out minority-owned, disadvantaged and small businesses. Even those companies that have long-standing relationships with reliable suppliers realize the benefits of diversity programs — and it’s making […]

7 Interview Questions That Determine Emotional Intelligence

Determining who you hire for a job plays a big part in forming your company’s culture and ensuring its future success. Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won’t fit. A candidate’s answers can be telling. While different companies […]