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Session 1: Attracting diverse talent and breaking down barriers

Breaking down barriers during the hiring process ensures attracting the best possible talent. It comes as no surprise that demonstrating a commitment to inclusion is increasingly important for attracting talent and needs to be matched by a process that doesn’t tilt the odds towards particular characteristics.

Glassdoor found that 76% of employees and jobseekers said a diverse workforce was important when evaluating companies and job offers. Recruitment board Monster found that 62% of employees would turn down a job offer if it came from an organisation with a culture that didn’t support diversity.

But as organisations struggle to recruit with the worsening skills shortage over the last few years, exacerbated by the pandemic, political and socio-economic issues, how does attracting diverse staff look in practice now?

Rachel Huggins

Workers in 2023 are really looking for an increase in employer advocacy, and the millennials and Gen Z workers are really putting a high value on ESG (environmental, social and governance).

Deloitte did a survey with millennials last year and they found that nearly half of the employees in senior positions had turned down jobs because the organisation didn’t align with their values.

Panellist: Rachel Huggins
Practice Lead & Head of Race Representation, Audeliss

Other speakers

June Sarpong OBEJune Sarpong OBE, Presenter, Diversity Expert, Award-Winning Author and Former Director of Creative Diversity, the BBC
Jagdeep SoorJagdeep Soor, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Multicultural Apprenticeship Alliance
Gamiel YafaiGamiel Yafai, Founder & CEO, Diversity Marketplace
Jhumar JohnsonJhumar Johnson, Chief of Staff to the Vice-Chancellor, The Open University

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