Government under pressure to reform vital transgender laws

LGBT groups have called on the new minister for women and equalities to set a date for when key gender legislation will be reformed. Currently, under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, transgender people can have their gender identity recognised and legally changed on their birth certificates. But it means that people must go through what campaigners call ‘intrusive’ medical assessments, … Read More

Army officers told promotion will depend on ‘inclusiveness’

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve “inclusiveness and diversity” in their units. It comes as new TV recruitment adverts promote the Army as an inclusive workplace with the strapline “Find where you belong.” A newly-uncovered addition to internal Forces documents shows personnel are now judged on their efforts to make … Read More

We know about the gender pay gap. But what about the disability pay gap?

Disabled people are made to feel grateful for having a job at all. It is time we were brought into the conversation Forcing companies to disclose their gender pay gap has been like pulling back the curtain. For the first time, we’re seeing the real picture behind the often-secretive world of pay: one in which every industry from academia and … Read More

British Army officers to be measured on ‘inclusiveness and diversity’ in their units

British Army officers are to be measured on their efforts to promote “inclusiveness and diversity” in their units under new guidelines. The news follows the Army’s most recent recruitment campaign, promoted using the tagline: “Find where you belong”. Now personnel will be judged on their efforts to make the unit a comfortable work environment regardless of recruits’ background, gender, ethnicity … Read More

BBC’s portrayal of diversity to come under scrutiny

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom is to investigate how well the BBC represents the diversity of the UK. The regulator said this would include speaking to audiences across the UK to “better understand their reflections on how the nations are represented and portrayed”. “We will also speak to people with a range of characteristics to better understand the concerns outlined by different … Read More

A black Harry Potter? UK activists’ diversity campaign goes viral

A campaign which saw white characters swapped out with black actors on popular film and television posters has grabbed headlines in the country. Posters showing screen classics like Titanic, Harry Potter and James Bond re-imagined with black characters have sparked a debate in the UK. They appeared in Brixton, London, and were heavily shared on social media. The campaign was … Read More

YouTube stopped hiring white men in attempt to boost diversity.

YouTube stopped hiring white and Asian men in a blunt attempt to make the company more diverse, a lawsuit claims. Arne Wilberg, a former recruiter at the Google-owned video website, said he was fired for speaking out against the company’s practices last year when it cancelled interviews with candidates who were not female, black or Hispanic for technical jobs. Mr … Read More

Lloyds sets ethnic diversity target for senior roles

Lloyds Banking Group is to become the first FTSE 100 firm to set an ethnic diversity target for senior management positions. The lender aims to increase representation of black and minority ethnic (BAME) senior management staff to 8%, up from the current 5.6%. Lloyds said that its long term ambition is to accurately reflect the customer base it serves, of … Read More

Tech Talent Charter among UK initiatives to boost diversity in tech

The UK government ended the first month of 2018 with an agreement to sign the Tech Talent Charter diversity initiative, as part of efforts to address the lack of gender diversity and skills in the technology industry. Signing the charter commits UK government tech teams to including women on interview shortlists wherever possible and collecting and submitting anonymised data for an annual … Read More

Britain’s most successful companies have women in senior roles

Britain’s most successful companies tend to have a large proportion of women in senior management roles but the UK lags behind the US and Australia on diversity at the top, new research suggests. Between 2011 and 2015, the most gender diverse quarter of companies were 20pc more likely than the least diverse to have above average financial performance, a report by management … Read More