Social mobility – a different kind of diversity?

When we talk about diversity in the workplace, we often assume that this is limited to gender, race, disability or the other protected characteristics. Work to increase diversity in these areas is hugely important (as we have commented here and here for example) but diversity and inclusion is wider than that. A report published earlier this week by the Social Mobility Commission, an independent body that monitors progress on social mobility, found that there has been little progress on social mobility over the last 20 years, including in our working lives. Without deep seated reform, it says, division and inequality is set to widen.

The report looks at four key areas, or life stages, including early years, schools, young people and working lives, and makes recommendations to the government on improving the socio-economic divide at each of those stages.

In relation to working lives, the report considers job creation, low pay, skills, regional differences and access to the top jobs. It highlights the decrease in secure employment in recent years, leading to less opportunity for progression and upskilling, and points to forms of self-employment and zero-hours or temporary contracts which do not offer employment rights or a guaranteed income. This is an area we will soon hear more about with the imminent publication of the Taylor Review.

Read the full article here.