Diversity in the workplace

Diversity in the workplace

Two students in front of Fraser BuildingAll employers must recruit on a fair and equal basis. The best employers actively champion diversity in the workplace.

Many graduate recruiters go beyond formal legal requirements and set themselves challenging recruitment targets to build a diverse workforce.

If you feel you have been discriminated against in recruitment, you have rights you can pursue.

Our Careers Managers can provide one-to-one advice on any equality and diversity issues you encounter in your job search.

Disability

Positive about disabled people logoThe UK has many disability-specific organisations that support disabled job seekers to find work.

When looking for jobs, keep an eye out for this symbol. Employers displaying the ‘two ticks’ symbol are part of a government initiative that shows commitment to interviewing you if you meet their minimum criteria for the job.

Here are some useful resources for further information:


Gender

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects women and men, including transsexual people, from being discriminated against at work because of their sex.

Most employers are committed to preventing gender discrimination. However, there is still a gender pay gap of 10% between full-time male and female employees, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Gender discrimination can be both positive and negative, with some employers having misconceptions that men and women have particular strengths or weaknesses.

Gender imbalances can vary between sectors. Various societies and networks exist to help you succeed in a sector where your gender is still under-represented.


Age

Older students and graduates are often at an advantage in a competitive graduate labour market because of the skills and experience gained in pre-degree employment.

It is illegal in the UK to discriminate between job seekers on the basis of age. Your rights are protected if you do not disclose your age when applying. We generally recommend that students omit their birth date on their CV.


Race, religion and ethnicity

Employers increasingly want to reflect our multicultural society in the workforce, and you should feel free to ask employers about their diversity policies. What programmes do they work with for recruiting and supporting graduates from ethnic minority groups? 


Sexual orientation

Sexual orientation often features prominently on employers’ diversity agendas for both recruitment and supporting employees. For example, an increasing number have established LGBT support networks.

Stonewall runs Diversity Champions, a scheme promoting best practice for recruiting LGBT employees. A number of big graduate recruiters are associated with it.