Companies say equality is good for business

More than 90 per cent of employers support equality in the workplace, new research by The Government Equalities Office (GEO) has shown. GEO today (28th November 2012) published the results of a survey asking more than 1,800 organisations about the impact that the Equality Act 2010 has had on their business. The survey covered organisations from the private,… Read More »

Increase ethnic diversity in the boardroom, says MP

Writing today (2nd December 2012)  on the New Statesman website, Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party with special responsibility for ethnic minority communities, has called on the Government to consider introducing regulations to increase ethnic and gender diversity in the boardroom and the work place. Mr Sharma’s call… Read More »

Business Secretary urges headhunters to seek out female talent

All executive search firms were today (30th November 2012)  urged by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable to publish the numbers of men versus women they place in senior positions. This emphasis on transparency will help highlight those firms that are going the extra mile to find high calibre female candidates and tackle gender imbalance in UK companies. Speaking… Read More »

New chair for the Industrial Development Advisory Board

Public investment expert Paul Mullins was today (26th November 2012) announced as the new Chair of the Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB) by Business Minister Michael Fallon.At the same time, Mr Fallon announced the reappointment of Philip Sturrock for a second term as a member of the Board. IDAB provides advice to Government on proposals to provide selective… Read More »

Wales committed to Equality Impact Assessments

The Welsh Public Sector will continue to carry out Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) when developing its policies, Equalities Minister Jane Hutt said yesterday. Speaking at a Women in Public Life conference the Minister outlined the importance of carrying out EIAs to ensure all policy making and budget decisions are fair and equal. Jane Hutt said, “Whilst I appreciate… Read More »

Prime Minister to scrap Equality Impact Assessments

In his speech to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 19th November 2012, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to scrap Equality Impact Assessments, regularly undertaken by government departments and other public bodies before the introduction of any policy changes, saying “we have smart people in Whitehall who consider equalities issues while they’re making the… Read More »

UK Gender pay gap falls to 9.6% in 2012

The UK gender pay gap fell to 9.6% in April 2012, according to new figures from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) published yesterday (22nd November 2012) by the Office of National Statistics. The gender pay gap – which is the difference between men’s and women’s median hourly pay excluding overtime for full-time employees – stood… Read More »

New Chair of Creative Industries Council

Nicola Mendelsohn has been appointed Industry Chair of the Creative Industries Council, a body set up to lead engagement between Government and the creative industries, it was announced today (23rd November 2012). The Council is also co-chaired by Business Secretary Vince Cable and Culture Secretary Maria Miller Nicola Mendelsohn is the Executive Chairman and partner at the advertising agency… Read More »