‘People of colour seem to be superglued to the floor’

The UK’s top firms have failed to make any progress on increasing ethnic diversity amongst top executives, a new report has found Ethnic minority representation has fallen over the past year and 47 companies still have all-white staff at board and executive director level. “The glass ceiling hasn’t been broken for women, but it’s cracking,” said diversity expert Trevor Phillips. … Read More

One in five of UK’s top FTSE 350 firms warned over gender diversity

One in five of the top 350 UK companies have been warned about the lack of gender diversity at senior levels. A government-backed review has written to 63 firms asking them how they plan to improve gender balance. The Hampton-Alexander Review wants a third of board-level and leadership positions at the UK’s top firms to be filled by women by … Read More

Most business leaders would be ‘apprehensive’ about hiring a senior disabled employee

‘Shocking’ survey finds concerns over the cost of workplace adjustments among factors cited by employers. One in five business leaders would be “very apprehensive” about appointing a disabled person to a senior role, according to new research which experts said demonstrated there were many workplace prejudices which still needed to be tackled. The poll of 1,002 business leaders found that … Read More

Delivering Outcomes Through Diversity

Building a board environment that enables debate, discussion, and a leadership style that allows for possible disagreement or ideas to discuss tradeoffs allows you to get the best ideas what leads to the best long-term success in a company. Naturally you get better diversity of ideas when you have people from different backgrounds. This includes ethnic diversity, gender diversity, and … Read More

Proptech can lead on diversity

Put the words ‘technology’ and ‘property’ side by side and the automatic association is with disruption and modernisation. But is the forward-thinking sector really that modern? Technological know-how, state-of-the-art platforms, virtual reality and AI may well be revolutionising the way we interact with buildings and the wider built environment, but what is technology without its diverse range of people? And how … Read More

Quotas alone can’t fix diversity – it’s time to go further

Many of the International Women’s Month panel discussions I have sat on turn to the topic of quotas. I always defend them. I reject the criticism that quotas somehow usurp “meritocracy” because meritocracy does not exist (it is no coincidence that the Oxbridge-educated children of other journalists, for example, just happen to “deserve” so many journalism jobs). That said, I … Read More

UK Universities Have An Inclusion Problem & Change Isn’t Happening Fast Enough

Last year, Oxford Union came under fire when blind working-class Ghanian student Ebenezer Azamati was dragged out of one of its debating events. Brendan McGrath, the president of the union who has since stepped down, went as far as to call for a disciplinary meeting in which Ebenezer Azamati was charged with “guilty and violent” conduct. Azamati told the BBC … Read More

Young ethnic minority workers more likely to be in unstable jobs – study

Young people from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds are at greater risk of being in unstable employment, according to research. The group is 47% more likely to to be on a zero-hours contract, a study said. A report from the Carnegie Trust, University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Operation Black Vote says the group is 4% … Read More

What barriers to employment are faced by disabled candidates?

What barriers to employment are faced by disabled candidates? There is much talk about the disability employment gap and its causes. At Evenbreak, we wanted to find out from the real experts (disabled job seekers themselves) what barriers prevent disabled people from gaining work. People on the Enactus programme at UCL conducted research on our behalf. They received an overwhelming response from more than 700 … Read More

CBI calls for British companies to publish ethnicity pay gap details

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which first published its own pay stats based on ethnicity in April last year, has called on organisations with more than 250 employees to follow suit. “Closing the UK’s ethnicity pay gap is about making our society fairer and overcoming inequality at work,” said Matthew Fell, the CBI’s chief UK policy director. Although the … Read More