DiversityThe results of the Attitudes to employability and talent report, show an enourmous disparity between perceptions of what makes a person employable s and the number of those actively sourcing these individuals, in a range of diverse group.

  • Ten percent of people surveyed were targeting parents returning to work in hiring activity
  • Nine percent older workers
  • Eleven percent individuals with disabilities.

However, the individuals had scored each of these groups as above average in the three top attributes that they judge make a person employable.

Kate Headley, Development Director of The Clear Company, explains:

“While hirers might be afraid to admit it, unconscious bias exists in recruitment, but it’s simply human nature. The information present in this latest CIPD report reveals that there is a real gap between what employers feel makes a person a good employee and how many that meet this criteria from under-represented groups are actively being sourced.

“However, by recognising that it happens, it’s possible to rectify this situation and improve diversity and inclusion levels for the benefit of the business. What is particularly interesting, is that a previous negative experience in diversity and inclusion was exacerbating the problem, with respondents who had been subject to such a situation less likely to target the top diverse groups identified in the report. Clearly, there’s a bit of a cycle here, and recruitment needs to get out of the rut it’s in and look to reduce unconscious discrimination.”

Shara has been active in the scientific community for over 30 years. She started as a member of the British Association of Young Scientists at the age of 15, obtained her first science degree at 21 and her Immunology PhD at 25. She has been a research scientist and lecturer in prestigious institutions around the world [including Addenbrookes' Hospital (Cambridge), The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (London), The Mount Sinai Hospital (New York) and The Royal Postgraduate Medical School (London)]. Shara left mainstream in 2001 research to follow her passion of science communication and established Euroscicon Ltd in 2001 and Mums in Science in 2005

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