UK’s workforce calls for more action on diversity and inclusion

Almost half (46%) of Britain’s workforce think their employer could do more when it comes to diversity, with 58% of employees from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds agreeing, according to a report from UK-based tech-for-good developer, Culture Shift. Despite 79% of employees confirming that working somewhere with a diverse workforce is an important factor for their happiness at work, … Read More

Managing an autistic employee

Working with someone on the autism spectrum (including those with Asperger syndrome), can be an enriching experience for managers and colleagues alike, but it may also present some challenges. Here we explain how to avoid or overcome any difficulties, in order to ensure enjoyable and effective working relationships. Many autistic people have a variety of sometimes exceptional skills that enable … 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

Companies warned over lack of progress on board diversity

Nearly one in five FTSE 350 companies have been cautioned over a lack of women on their board and executive committees, as big investors increasingly demand that businesses pay more heed to diversity. The Investment Association, the trade body whose asset management members oversee £7.7tn in assets, and the Hampton-Alexander review, an independent body set up to increase the number … Read More

Sole traders can play vital role in diversity and inclusion

Sole traders can play an important role in encouraging diversity and inclusion within financial advice, the chief executive of the Personal Finance Society has said. Keith Richards acknowledged that a sizeable portion of the financial advice industry is made up of sole traders or companies with maybe just two full-time members of staff, more often than not, male. Speaking to … Read More

How one million disabled people are shut out of employment in the UK

Earning a living is a right most of us take for granted. But one million disabled people are currently being denied the opportunity to work, say campaigners. Those who could make an important contribution to the economy have been shut out by outdated attitudes, employers’ unwillingness to invest and outdated transport infrastructure. Today three bright young people reveal their workplace … Read More

UK falls six places in gender equality rankings

Country has fallen from 15th most equal nation in last audit in 2018 to 21st this time.  The UK has fallen six places down the global rankings for gender equality. Despite successive prime ministers pledging to take decisive action to tackle the gender imbalances in politics and wider British society, the UK has dropped from the 15th most equal nation … Read More

Was 2018 positive for diversity and inclusion?

The news has been filled with negative headlines, but the workplace can be a catalyst for change, says Stephen Frost. This has been an important year for diversity and inclusion (D&I), and we have seen a number of key issues come to a head. First, and perhaps most notably, transparency has emerged as both a complement and an alternative to … Read More