There has been a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace over the years. This year it has been very refreshing to learn how firms are promoting a positive integration between work and life, to create an environment that influences career development and that empowers everyone.
Furthermore, promoting an environment regardless of gender, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation, encourages individuals to feel valued for being the person that they are.
Take some time to read some examples of how the Big 4, Mid-tier firms promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace:
Encouraging diversity at Pro-Recruitment Group:
Here at Pro-Group, recruitment consultants are trained on diversity and inclusion and for each individual piece of recruitment we do, we will ensure that we present a diverse pool of candidates to our clients that match the brief.
We have strict guidelines on equal opportunities and diversity and pride ourselves on ensuring our attraction methods reach as diverse a pool of talent as possible in-line with our client’s own policy. Some examples of this include:
- GDPR compliant recruitment website & CRM system.
- Drafting advertisements in a way that encourages applications from all suitable backgrounds.
- Support for the unemployed – offering interview training and coaching free of charge for those in long-term unemployment. We also provide business attire and dry cleaning in preparation of interview as well as working with a firm who work exclusively with ex-service personnel looking for employment.
- Engagement with colleges, universities and schools. An example of this is when Tom Eagle, Associate Director, recently presented to students at LSBU about a career in tax and finance and provided key interview tips and guidance.
- Engagement with groups such as LGBTQ, disability, communities and BEME groups. This is an ongoing progress and championed by our own diversity and LGBTQ champion here at Pro – Matt Davidson – Principal consultant in our Not-for-profit team.
- Women in Tax – Alison Keogh, Director, is part of a network for women in the profession to raise the voice of women. We have also chaired an event with Sue Kukadia (Global Immigration Specialist) on diversity and inclusion and an event with BDO challenging views on disabilities and those facing long-term unemployment.
- Our Not-for-profit and charities team have key relationships with many charities that exist to serve the disadvantaged and a wide section of the community and society. We regularly engage with our contacts in these organisations when searching for talent both for specific pieces and on an ongoing basis.
- Our CRM system has over 90,000 candidates on it from a wide range of industries and backgrounds.
Example of our own Findings
Below is our analysis of that last six months placements around D&I and gender:
- Out of the placements we have made this year in tax across both in-house and consulting, 65% of them have been male.
- Out of 22 placements that we have made in-house 12 male and 10 female.
- Out of 111 placements that we have made in consulting 64 male and 47 female.
- Out of the 22 placements that we made in-house, from consulting firms only 3 were female and 5 were male.
- Out of the other 14 people that we placed in-house they were all from in-house tax teams 7 were male and 7 were female.
- In terms of advertising, 53 of the 111 were from advertising the rest were from pro-active approaches on our database and LinkedIn.
- Out of the 53, 24 of them were female and the rest male but its about 50/50 from in-house and consulting.
- Diversity and inclusion have a big influence towards my role and the relationships that I have with my network, to ensure that I can deliver the needs of both my candidates and clients that I am working with.