Encouraging a diverse and inclusive workforce is important for any organisation. We have developed multiple pages dedicated to helping employers understand the benefits of hiring different candidates with various protected characteristics. This includes the results of different studies and research into the real impact of hiring those from different groups.

By taking the step to understand these benefits, you can discuss them with other colleagues, members of management and with your company’s recruitment team. In turn, you will be able to identify the best candidates, develop a diverse workforce and get ahead of the competition. 

What are the benefits of a diverse workforce?

Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) 

On this page we discuss the reasons why many companies across the UK are recognising the need to hire more people from the BAME community. Most significantly, we provide insight into the demographic changes going on in the UK. Through this, we show that it is essential you are attracting these candidates to keep up with the changing needs of your consumers and clients 

Furthermore, we discuss the reasons why hiring and promoting someone from the UK BAME community is essential to developing an inclusive company culture.  

LGBTQ+ 

The LGBTQ+ community has been in the spotlight in recent years, with massive changes to the UK public’s perception and understanding of the community. These changes have influenced all aspects of the workforce, such that it is really important that management in your company can grasp them too. 

With the youngest generations of new workers being particularly aware of these changes, you could risk losing a significant portion of new talent. However, in our guide to the benefits of encouraging inclusion for those from the LGBTQ+ community, we explain everything you need to know. 

Refugees or Displaced Persons 

The current political, economic and environmental situation across the world has led to a massive rise in refugees and migrants. Understanding the benefits of giving opportunities to displaced persons is an important part of UK business today and is only going to grow in the near future.  

Practicing Religious 

The general perspective of UK businesses towards flexible work has changed dramatically in recent months, in particular with the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on our ability to go into an office. As such, there are no disadvantages to hiring those who practice their faith at work, or require flexibility due to religious commitments. 

However, as shown in our dedicated guide, hiring or promoting openly religious people has a wealth of benefits for your employees and your company in general.  

Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 

Getting to grips with the complexities of a socioeconomically disadvantaged background is difficult. However, once you understand that candidates without the average level of privilege may have greater potential than their counterparts, you could easily tap into a massive talent pool. 

Women 

Perspectives on hiring and promoting women have changed dramatically over recent decades. However, some employers have not fully got to grips with the massive benefits of placing women in senior positions.