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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... »

Racism is still a huge problem in UK’s workplaces, finds report

Racism is still a huge problem in UK’s workplaces, finds report

A shocking report has found that the majority of ethnic minority workers have experienced racial harassment at work in the last five years, and have been subjected to unfair treatment by their employer because of their race. October 2018 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of Race Relations Amendment Act 1968 which outlawed, among other things, racial discrimination in employment &... »

“Taking ownership of my autism was the best decision I ever made”

“Taking ownership of my autism was the best decision I ever made”

This year is the 10th anniversary of the Autism Act. This was a landmark in the battle to improve the lives of autistic adults and their families in England. In this blog, Arran Linton-Smith writes about his late diagnosis and the importance of preparing the next generation of autistic people for life and work. I’m 63 now. But it’s only been in the last few years, following my diagnosi... »

UK companies favour ‘education over diversity’ when recruiting

UK companies favour ‘education over diversity’ when recruiting

British companies give greater priority to education over diversity in the executive search process, a new study has revealed. The data, which was discovered by Cornerstone OnDemand, claims that only 25% of UK companies said that diversity is a priority in the process, whereas more than 40% said education was the key to discovering new talent. Over 1,900 HR, Business and IT Managers across 14 Euro... »

Amazon to boost Gender Diversity and Inclusion across UK Business

Amazon to boost Gender Diversity and Inclusion across UK Business

Amazon has  launched Amazon Amplify – a series of initiatives designed to further increase the number of women in technology and innovation roles across its UK business. This new programme builds on existing diversity-focused initiatives at the company, including programmes to ensure diverse interview panels and increase volumes of women applicants, affinity groups for women, LGBT+,... »

Half of UK workers say employers have not progressed on D&I goals

Half of UK workers say employers have not progressed on D&I goals

While the UK workplace of today might be markedly different from that of just 20 years ago, efforts to promote diversity by employers seem to have stalled in recent times. According to a new study, almost half of workers in Britain feel their company has not made progress on the matter, with that figure rising among the BAME and LGBT+ communities. A plethora of thought-leadership pieces, analytic ... »

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... »

Insurance industry makes progress towards gender parity

Insurance industry makes progress towards gender parity

The Association of British Insurers says the number of women in executive positions in insurance has increased by five percentage points but the progress is not sufficient. ABI says gender diversity improved at nearly all levels of the insurance industry in 2018 and 27 per cent of those in executive positions are now women, compared to 22 per in 2017. At management level women make up 39 per cent ... »

70% of managers blocked from providing mental health support

70% of managers blocked from providing mental health support

With mental health ailments reaching all-time highs among the UK workforce, companies will need to take radical new approaches to maintain the wellbeing of their workforce, or risk dire consequences for their business and reputation. According to a new report, however, almost seven in ten UK managers still feel that there are structural barriers in place preventing them from supporting their staff... »

Closing the gender pay gap is top priority for majority of UK firms

Closing the gender pay gap is top priority for majority of UK firms

Research follows new government guide to help analyse pay gaps, but expert says more attention is needed on bonuses. Companies have made reducing their gender pay gap a top priority since the introduction of gender pay reporting in 2017, according to new research commissioned by the Government Equalities Office (GEO).  Almost seven in 10 (69 per cent) employers now view closing the gender pay... »