Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?
Apr05

Gender Pay Gap rules come into force tomorrow – are you ready?

  Guest post by berg, a law firm that works closely with companies to navigate the potentially tricky post-gender pay gap reporting period. As part of an ongoing effort to tackle to UK’s gender pay gap, the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 will come into force in April this year. Businesses with 250 employees or more will have to report on the wage gap, which currently stands at a national average...

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Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’
Apr05

Employers ‘must recognise the importance of LGBT benefits in the modern workforce’

Mercer survey finds one third of organisations globally do not have a designated D&I program for LGBT employees 75% of Western European companies say legal restrictions prevent them from offering equal benefits to LGBT employees Companies based in the UK attribute the lack of equal benefits on the absence of capable vendors The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound...

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Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions
Apr05

Tackling gender bias: we talk to the women who’ve succeeded in male dominated professions

Leading packaging supplier Rajapack have looked at gender diversity in the workplace. Speaking to female industry experts from sectors that have been traditionally male-dominated, such as construction, manufacturing, logistics, supply chain, packaging and engineering. It’s clear that parity benefits everyone, on both an individual and corporate level.  research shows: £23 trillion could be added to the global GDP by 2025 if women are...

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Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer
Mar31

Autism awareness week: ‘Disability’ delivers first class ability for Northampton employer

Often we are trained to view workers with a disability as ‘disadvantaged in the workforce’, however workers with autism would prefer to be seen as ‘differently abled’. This has certainly proved to be the case for 45 year old Simon Hamilton, whose acute observation skills and attention to detail have proved to be a winning formula and helped to underpin a complete career change. Having held a variety of jobs in...

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The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation
Mar28

The depressing headline that shows sexism still has a workplace, despite legislation

Following years of sexism and discrimination in the workplace, the parliamentary debate on sexist dress codes and new legislation aimed at closing the gender pay gap, and people asking about women leaders in the FTSE 100,  it seemed like the UK was ready to take action and stamp out sexism from the workplace. Sadly, it seems there is still some way to go. Two of the most powerful people in the UK met yesterday to discuss Brexit and...

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TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism
Mar28

TUC: we need to protect workers from post-Brexit racism

“34% of BAME adults have witnessed or experienced racial abuse” Over a third (34%) of Black, Asian or minority ethnic people (BAME) witnessed or experienced racial abuse in the seven months following the Brexit vote in June 2016, a TUC poll has found. The ICM/TUC poll of over 1,000 BAME working adults also found that since the referendum: 1 in 5 BAME people (19%) have suffered or witnessed racial assault 2 in 5 (41%) have...

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Males suffer gender discrimination, too!
Mar23

Males suffer gender discrimination, too!

We often hear about women struggling to be taken seriously in male dominated professions, such as IT and construction – however, it’s worth bearing in mind that 42% of Male Secretaries, Personal Assistants and Executive Assistants have also been subjected to inaccurate gender stereotypes in the workplace. Male EAs and PAs from across the globe were asked about gender stereotyping in a survey for the Executive and Personal...

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Women need more prestigious qualifications than men to reach FTSE 100 top jobs, finds study
Mar21

Women need more prestigious qualifications than men to reach FTSE 100 top jobs, finds study

  It seems that women leaders in the UK’s biggest firms are three times more likely than male counterparts to have degrees from either Russell Group or Ivy League universities, according to preliminary findings from The Leadership 10k1 report from Green Park, Europe’s fastest growing executive search and executive interim management consultancy. Green Park’s research finds that 76% of the total employees in top 20 positions...

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Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?
Mar21

Are HR recruiters creating barriers to diversity – even for HR roles?

Guest blog by Karen DeBono, HR Manager – actively seeking UK employment Aren’t HR skills transferable? As a qualified professional, I’ve worked in HR for over 15 years as well as had numerous jobs in a variety of industries including cleaning, hospitality and retail sales.  I think I know about a lot of different jobs and different work environments, and I believed that regardless of the industry, my HR skills were...

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Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them
Mar21

Editors blog: Exceptional candidates and where to find them

I’ve worked in a number of different careers over the years, and I’ve been fortunate to encounter a lot of great people whom I’ve had the pleasure of both employing and working with, some abled, some differently abled. One person I encountered along the way illustrates to me more than ever why broadening the talent pool is so vital for employers – because the label of a health condition or a syndrome does not...

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As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?
Mar20

As one in 5 workers have reasonable adjustment requests turned down, exactly how diverse are UK employers?

Guest blog by Kate Headley, the Clear Company It’s positive to see that disability confidence has become increasingly important to organisations of all shapes and sizes in recent years, and it’s also particularly encouraging that a greater number of employers now understand the importance of fostering inclusive recruitment practices.  However, recent research shows there is some way to go.   58% of disabled workers fear losing...

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Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support
Mar10

Disabled welsh individuals and their carers set to lose vital support

A project created to support people with work limiting health conditions and their carers, many of whom juggle their caring responsibilities with employment, is set to lose funding. The Disability Advice Project (DAP) targeting indviduals living in the Bridgend, Neath and Port Talbot areas provides free life coaching which empowers people to gain confidence, achieve personal goals and improve their lives, as well as move towards...

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Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Promotes Diverse Talent and Leadership Across Generations

£58,000 in IICF grants awarded to six UK charities at post-conference reception  The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) UK held its inaugural conference on Leading Across Generations at the City Grange Hotel in London on 26 January, raising an estimated £20,000 for local charities that support education and social mobility. Approximately 100 representatives across the insurance industry attended the conference, which...

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Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed
Feb23

Government rejects gender pay recommendations as MPs and leading HR figures warn action is needed

A report published this week by the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) has warned that the government will not eliminate “structural causes” of wage inequality if it does not address issues such as flexible working and supporting older women back into work, a cross-party committee of MPs has warned.  MPs raised concerns over the government’s latest rejection of the committee’s recommendations. Rejected measures included three...

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DWP: Free employer toolkit set to boost disadvantaged groups in work
Feb23

DWP: Free employer toolkit set to boost disadvantaged groups in work

Businesses encouraged to hire more workers from disadvantaged groups, including single parents, homeless people and care leavers New toolkit offers practical advice for employers to attract and support a wider pool of talent Approach developed in partnership with industry leaders, including Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden A first-of-its-kind employer toolkit designed to help businesses recruit and retain more single parents and...

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