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Britain's success depends on recognising and unlocking talent, regardless of background, says KPMG

He said, “This research highlights an under representation of state school and non-Oxbridge educated across the institutions that have such a profound influence on what happens in our country.

“It is noteworthy that while there are big challenges for business on diversity in leadership, the evidence suggests that the private sector is actually more meritocratic than Whitehall, the judiciary or military top brass and movement is positive. The fact that 47% of CEOs were educated internationally just underpins the UK's role as a global hub and our relative openness to the best talent from all corners of the world.

“We are committed to the broadest talent pool, social mobility and economic inclusion working with our communities.”

At KPMG, we support the five recommendations:

Schools outreach: Employers should build long-term relationships with schools on mentoring, careers advice, and insights into work

Work experience and internships: Firms should advertise work experience and pay internships

Recruitment and selection: Employers should broaden the range of universities they recruit from and use school and university-blind applications

Flexible entry: Employers should build non-graduate routes, such as Higher Apprenticeships and school-leaver programmes

Monitoring and data collection: Firms should collect and publish data on data on social background of new recruits and existing staff.


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