GMB London awarded President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 at GMB Congress in Plymouth
Jun08

GMB London awarded President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 at GMB Congress in Plymouth

GMB London has been awarded the President’s Leadership Award for Equality 2017 for the ‘Mental Health at Work Training’ project at GMB Congress today (Sunday, 4th June 2017) in Plymouth in the ‘most inspirational project for making a difference’ category. The Mental Health at Work Training project came about as a result of a motion to the GMB Regional Equality Conference asking for training for shop stewards/reps to...

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Shock as 8 out of 10 employers admit ‘regional accents influence recruitment decisions’
Jun08

Shock as 8 out of 10 employers admit ‘regional accents influence recruitment decisions’

Does having a strong accent have an impact on recruitment decisions, and on our perceptions of candidates? Facilities management company DCS Multiserve did some research, and the results were surprising.   Accents affect employability Research proves a clear link between employability and recruitment, but surprisingly continues to shape the way employees are treated at work.  Eight in 10 employers admit to making discriminating...

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GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment
Jun07

GMB reveals 10 million now in insecure work, and TUC reveals BAME workers over a third more likely to have insecure employment

New research, unveiled at the union’s 100th annual congress in Plymouth, reveals that up to one in three of the UK workforce are now in precarious employment – defined as those in the gig economy, on zero or short hours contracts, temporary workers, the underemployed and those at risk of bogus self-employment. Precarious work impacts on the individual worker, their family and on the Treasury.  A GMB poll asked 1,000 precarious workers...

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Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages
May31

Employers must improve accessibility for stroke survivors as workforce ages

During National Stroke Survival Month, HR and diversity experts are calling for employers to learn how to adequately support staff who have suffered strokes.   Research from Kings College London has found that number of strokes in UK is predicted to rise by 44% in the next 20 years as a result of the ageing population. Survival rates are subsequently expected to increase by a third thanks to medical advancements – which...

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Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work
May18

Lack of deaf awareness is holding millions back at work

A lack of deaf awareness amongst employers and society at large is holding people with hearing loss back by creating unnecessary barriers and is costing the UK economy £24.8billion. During Deaf Awareness Week (15-21 May) the UK national charity Action on Hearing Loss highlights simple and cost effective ways of making work environments more hearing loss friendly. Despite the fact that employers are legally obliged to make any...

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The Clear Company shortlisted for ‘Disruptor of the Year’ in 2017 Women in Finance Awards
May18

The Clear Company shortlisted for ‘Disruptor of the Year’ in 2017 Women in Finance Awards

HR and diversity consultancy, the Clear Company has been shortlisted for the Disruptor of the Year accolade at this year’s Women in Finance Awards. This category celebrates the companies that have reinvigorated gender diversity in the financial services industry by breaking barriers, exploring new markets, creating innovative new products or services, or have established a new effective way of working. The Clear Company works with...

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‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career
May18

‘Not just a job, he’s got a career!’ says Mum as son with DS lands sought after science career

As talent shortages persist, employers cannot afford to ‘write off’ any group of potential workers, yet it is significantly harder for adults with learning disabilities to obtain work than almost any other client group. Individuals with Down’s syndrome battle misperceptions about their capabilities and often can’t even get an interview. The Down’s Syndrome Association’s ‘Workfit’ team are doing an amazing job of...

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Recruiters paint an ugly picture of tattoo discrimination
May18

Recruiters paint an ugly picture of tattoo discrimination

Majority (64%) of recruiters admit they find tattoos an “undesirable feature” A study by CIPD course providers, DPG Plc., has revealed that 64% of recruiters thought that tattoos were an undesirable feature in candidates. The study, which can be viewed in full here, also found that over half (54%) of hiring decision makers think that tattoos can have a negative impact on the workplace. The findings highlight the potentially widespread...

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Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms
May12

Getting Gender Diversity right in Law Firms

HR and legal experts from across the UK recently convened at Simmons & Simmons Law firm in London to discuss the issue of gender diversity in the legal sector, almost 100 years since women were introduced to working in law firms. The event was chaired by Jennifer Liston-Smith from My Family Care who hosted the event with legal & compliance consultancy FIDES. A series of high profile, expert speakers shared insight into the...

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As Government rejects ‘high heels ban’, diversity experts await new guidelines
Apr27

As Government rejects ‘high heels ban’, diversity experts await new guidelines

Despite all the hoop-la surrounding sexist dress codes which require women to wear high heels to work, the UK Government last week rejected calls to place an explicit ban on these and similar dress codes. The Women and Equalities Committee heard evidence from Temporary Receptionist Nicola Thorp (above) who had been sent home from work for wearing smart but flat, comfortable shoes, and also heard from black women who had been told to...

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The football gender gap must get the boot!
Apr21

The football gender gap must get the boot!

It’s great that we now care sufficiently about the gender pay gap that large businesses are now required to report it.  However, the way we treat our sporting heroes doesn’t set the best example for the rest of society to follow. The Women’s FA was originally formed in 1969, and three years later the first women’s World Cup took place. Since then, the interest in women’s football has grown, in regards to players and fans....

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The UK Workforce: Challenging Female Stereotypes and Gender Issues
Apr20

The UK Workforce: Challenging Female Stereotypes and Gender Issues

Guest blog by Pascal Culverhouse,  Founder and Managing Director of Electric Tobacconist Ltd The UK is entering a period in its history that many of us have had little experience of. With labour shortages already causing problems, we can only wonder how we are going to fare as the government begins its Brexit negotiations. But for a much longer time, there has been a more pressing issue in the UK’s labour market: the issue of gender....

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Reasonable adjustments are ‘crucial’ to improving representation of autistic adults in the workplace
Apr19

Reasonable adjustments are ‘crucial’ to improving representation of autistic adults in the workplace

In light of figures released by The National Autistic Society, which reveal that just 16% of autistic adults are in full-time paid work, HR and diversity consultancy the Clear Company has urged employers to ensure that they are able to provide reasonable adjustments which can prove crucial to the success of an autistic person in the workplace. According to The National Autistic Society’s report ‘The Autism Employment Gap’, 32% of...

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Fujitsu launches major initiative to drive diversity and inclusion
Apr19

Fujitsu launches major initiative to drive diversity and inclusion

Tech company Fujitsu have announced a major initiative to drive the evolution of its diversity programme and help accelerate digital transformation, with a year-long initiative to identify global best practices in diversity and inclusion. To spearhead this initiative, Steven Cox, previously Head of Fujitsu’s Public Sector and Transport business in the UK and Ireland, will be taking up a twelve-month secondment as Diversity and...

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Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce
Apr13

Why reasonable adjustments for disabled workers usually benefit your whole workforce

When kitting out an office to suit all physical needs, there is the assumption that this will involve purchasing ‘specialist’ equipment, which is not only expensive, it is often not in-keeping with the overall office décor. For this reason, many office managers tend to bury their heads in the sand, adhering only to the strictest disability requirement laws, such as disabled toilets, designated parking and adaptable access. As a...

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