Age and disability discrimination most concern UK employees

Disability and age are joining gender and race as key areas for action in UK workplaces according to a new industry insights survey by employee engagement events company, Wildgoose.

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The survey of employees in 117 workplaces shows 59% of people feel inclusion of disabled people is the area requiring the greatest improvement in their organisation.This concern is closely followed by diversity of age groups, which was a concern for just under half those surveyed (48%). 

'More training needed to support age and disability inclusion' 

Gender and socio-economic background (=33%), race and religion (26%) and sexual orientation (16%) are regarded by respondents as better-served in their organisations.Wildgoose believes the findings raise concern that dual discrimination based on disability and age is common practice in the workplace, highlighting a need for companies to seek additional diversity training in this area. 
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Divergence in views on relevance of gender pay debate

With International Women’s Day on the horizon and the annual deadline for gender pay gap reporting for the UK’s largest companies nearing for the second time, Wildgoose also finds significant findings on views around the gender pay gap.Nearly half (47%) of male employees surveyed do not consider the gender pay gap to be a major issue. This compares to the three-quarters of women who do regard it as important. Interestingly, the engagement gap between men and women on gender pay narrows when it comes to equal promotional opportunities. 
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'A long way to go before inclusivity achieved'

Commenting on the survey findings Jim Alexander, head of learning & development at Wildgoose, said: "The findings from our survey highlight that despite organisations making headway in relation to diversity and inclusion policy, there is still a long way to go before we achieve inclusivity across all cross-sections of the workforce.“Creating an inclusive culture can only happen when people throughout all tiers of organisations (from entry to c-suite level) fully understand the importance and benefits of diversity and inclusion to both business and people – and take meaningful action towards long-lasting change."Head to our HR section for more news and insight.  
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