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Nearly half of young job applicants with disfigurement felt rejected because of appearance, study reveals

Nearly half of young job applicants with disfigurement felt rejected because of appearance, study reveals

lmost half of young job applicants with a disfigurement say they were rejected because of how they looked, The Telegraph can reveal, as a leading charity demands tougher equality laws. Changing Faces, which supports people who have a mark, scar or condition which alters their appearance, has found that more than a third of people (36 per cent) with a visible difference say they have... »

Driving diversity with long term culture change

Driving diversity with long term culture change

Dawn Moore, director of Human Resources at Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure From the outside, construction may often not seem a particularly attractive or inclusive sector to historically under represented groups. Many people’s understanding of the industry has been based on very traditional perceptions about the culture, environment and ways of working that don’t always dig deeper... »

Four reasons why inclusion can benefit your business

Four reasons why inclusion can benefit your business

There are many reasons why inclusion can benefit your business, not only to maintain talent as an employer but also to gain a better understanding of your customers. The benefits are therefore both ‘in-house’ and in your external business environment. Reasons why inclusion can benefit your business:     1.Gaining a better understanding of your customers The more div... »

Gender diversity still an issue in tech sector, new report says

Gender diversity still an issue in tech sector, new report says

The inaugural Tech Talent Charter benchmarking report said smaller businesses were making more progress in cutting the gender skills gap. Gender diversity remains an issue across the technology sector, a new report from an industry charter has claimed. The Tech Talent Charter’s first benchmark report found that while women hold 26% of the technical roles within the businesses of its 200 signatorie... »

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

Disability and age discrimination are top concerns for UK employees

More than half of employees say the inclusion of disabled people is an area that requires the greatest improvement within their organisation; with the diversity of age groups coming in a close second at just under half. This is according to the latest findings from Wildgoose’s Diversity and Inclusivity in the Workplace survey. The results suggest a shift in the areas that employees prioritise when... »

‘Smart homes’ to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

‘Smart homes’ to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas

The scheme is part of funding awarded to innovative projects to help people develop digital skills. Cash will also fund app for people with Down’s Syndrome to improve health and wellbeing New money for projects to help those receiving palliative care and their families and carers A number of ‘smart homes’ with digitally savvy older people demonstrating tech in their own homes are being created as ... »

UK praised for gender diversity despite lagging global progress

UK praised for gender diversity despite lagging global progress

The UK has been praised for its ‘substantial proportional increase’ in gender diversity in a global report by index provider MSCI, but overall progress on global female board representation has taken a step back. The annual report Women on Boards looked at the 2,700 global companies making up its MSCI All Country World index (ACWI) as of 16 October 2018.  Out of 102 UK companies s... »

Campaign launched for more diverse fire and rescue services

Campaign launched for more diverse fire and rescue services

Firefighters in England are approximately 95% male and white. The Home Office is launching a new campaign to help fire and rescue services change that. Only 5.2% of firefighters in England are women, and 3.9% are from an ethnic minority background (BAME). Join the Team: Become a Firefighter will combine a fitness guide encouraging more women to serve, as well as mythbusters and real stories of ser... »

Gender pay gap targets must be set by all companies, Equality and Human Rights Commission says

Gender pay gap targets must be set by all companies, Equality and Human Rights Commission says

Targets to eliminate the gender pay gap must be set by all companies, Britain’s equality watchdog has suggested. The Equality and Human Rights Commission called for a new law obliging employers to publish plans for tackling wage disparities, after finding only one in five had drawn any up. Currently, legislation requires organisations with more than 250 employees to report details of its gender pa... »

Diversity beyond gender proves hard for investors to measure

Diversity beyond gender proves hard for investors to measure

Finding data on worker demographics is a challenge for responsible investment teams. When BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, took companies to task for the lack of women on corporate boards earlier this year, it struck a chord with Julie Gorte. A senior vice-president of Pax World Funds, Ms Gorte had spent nearly 20 years making that very point with the companies in which she invests. Pr... »