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OpportunityNow For A Diverse Recruitment Pipeline

OpportunityNow For A Diverse Recruitment Pipeline

Opportunity Now releases a guidance paper that provides ten steps towards a diverse pipelinethat all employers can take to influence the pace of women’s progression in the workplace.

Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, comments: “Since the Lord Davies report, and in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, UK employers have approached the issue of diversifying our boardrooms with renewed vigour. Addressing group-think at senior levels has proven benefits for organisations, employees and the economy.

“Yet our research consistently confirms that the pipeline of UK talent still suffers from gendered leaks. Even among leading employers who are publically committed to promoting women’s advancement, women’s workforce participation reduces from 54% at non-managerial levels to 29% at senior management level, and further still to 18% at executive level, or just 12% in the private sector.

For Changing Gear: Quickening the Pace of Women’s Progression, Opportunity Now has condensed more than 20 years of research, knowledge and insight to identify the ten most impactful factors employers need to know for recruiting diversely, tackling gendered leaking of the talent pipeline, and increasing diversity in senior management.

These ten steps are accessible and useful for everyone at every level – CEOs, board members, non-executive directors, recruitment teams, HR experts, line managers and employees:

Meaningful measurement: evidence-led learning

Accountability: owning the speed of change

Inclusive leadership: motivation from the top

Inclusive cultures: from fair to empowering

Identifying talent: what does your future workforce look like?

Appraisal to promotion: right people, right time

Embedding agility, flexibility with impact

Interventions with impact: coaching, mentoring and sponsorship

One size fits few: normalising non linear career paths

Beyond his and hers: occupational integration

“This isn’t reinventing the wheel, but it is changing gear of the pace of women’s progression in the workplace.”

Changing Gear details the business need, key messages, links to releveant toolkits and best practice case studies. The full PDF can be downloaded here:


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