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Report: Firms should hire on 'talent not tokensim'

Published: Tuesday, 03 June 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Companies should hire staff based upon ability rather than tokenism, a new report has claimed.

A joint publication by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trade Union Congress titled Talent not Tokenism has claimed firms benefit from employing staff based upon ability alone, rather than age, gender, religion or any other personal characteristics.

Richard Lambert, director-general of the CBI, claimed employers who take steps to encourage a more diverse workforce notice huge benefits from doing so.

He suggested companies gained by hiring more skilled staff, understanding the needs of their customers better and by simply improving morale and productivity.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said the need to unlock the talents of all and create a truly representative workforce was even more crucial at a time of economic uncertainty.

He said: "The issue is not whether business can afford to diversify, but whether it can afford not to.

"Employers wanting to diversify the workplace will always find unions a willing ally.

The report contains twelve case studies of business operation that have benefitted from developing a more diverse workforce.

Graduates may be buoyed by the comments, keen to be judged on the merits of their academic and work experience achievements.

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