FEATURE15 January 2020

What next in the inclusion debate?

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A group of market researchers, at all levels in the sector, came together to discuss diversity in our work environments and identify what we’ve learnt, and still need to learn. Jane Bainbridge reports

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For the past few years, the realisation that most of our workplaces are not representative of the population has started to firmly sink in. While straight, white men have thrived, the same cannot be said for almost everyone else.

Whether it’s a case of failing to appeal to, welcome, promote or nurture women and minorities – be that based on ethnicity, sexuality or disability – the problems have been broad. Some businesses and sectors are worse than others and it’s a complex issue without easy answers.

The momentum behind employment diversity has been building for some time. Equal pay was first enshrined in UK law in 1970 and the right for men and women to be paid the same when doing the same, or equivalent, work is now part of sex discrimination law in the Equality Act 2010. In addition, since April 2017, employers in Britain with more than 250 staff have been required to publish their gender pay gap ...