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A Returners' Story - Verity Ballantyne-Cook

When I started maternity leave I had no idea when I would want to return to work. I was a Client Relationship Manager for an asset manager in the City. The moment my son was born, I just knew. I didn’t want to think about my career. I just wanted to dedicate all my time and energy, for as long as possible, to him. Soon after I gave birth, a friend asked how long I was going to take off. I replied

Overview of the issues that triggered the diversity project

The Diversity Project, run by and for the savings and investment industry, seeks to raise awareness on issues related to flexible working, gender parity, LGBT and disability. Businesses and organisations across the UK, ranging from the arts and the media to construction, IT and of course financial services, struggle with achieving real diversity in their workforce. Investment management, which as

So, can we talk? #talkaboutblack

Imagine watering your parched lawn, hosepipe in hand on a scorching hot summer’s day, when suddenly the flowing water stops. Not even a trickle! As you glance back, you realise there’s a kink in the hosepipe. You un-kink the hose but, still, no water flows. Then, it hits you. Further back, a long way back, there are more kinks in that hose. Now, you go kink-hunting with purpose and intent. You wal

Mind the gap – the gender pay Gap in the investment industry

What is the gender pay gap? The gender pay gap reporting requirements require all organisations employing more than 250 to report on four dimensions of pay – mean and median hourly pay differentials between men and women, mean and median bonus differentials (together with the percentage of men and women receiving a bonus) and finally the distribution of pay across quartiles split by men and women.

Top tips for returners

The Returners Workstream recently hosted a webinar offering CV advice to people seeking new roles after a career break. This initiative followed a careers event in London last September called Restart, where over 100 men and women participated in workshops, networked with potential employers and heard from successful returners. The Diversity Project’s Returners Database was launched at Restart to

Outrage is right, but do you want to help solve the Presidents Club problem?

What happened at the Presidents Club quite rightly generated a howl of outrage from the real City, the proper City. Moving past that, how do you help solve the Presidents Club problem? The answer is easy, cheap and profitable. A group of men gathered at the Dorchester Hotel for a charity dinner. They were all rich, powerful men and the City is where the bulk got their money. A group of hostesses w

Any definition of diversity should include disability

What do you think about if you are asked about diversity? Gender, ethnicity and sexuality always spring to mind but, on many occasions disability is missed off the list. That’s odd given that most would assert that disability discrimination is a problem in many organisations. And yet my experience is of the benefits that working with a disabled individual can bring to a team. Allow me to explain.

Gender Pay – Mind the Gap

It’s rare that a week goes by without there being something in the news about gender pay. From the pay differences between film actors and actresses, sportsmen and women, to the recent press coverage of the BBC gender pay gap, it’s big news. News fuelled no doubt by the legal requirement for all UK based organisations over 250 employees to share their gender pay information before April next year.

Diversity and inclusion Podcast

In the wake of yet more diversity issues hitting mainstream media, it seems poignant to introduce our podcast based on “Diversity and Inclusion”. Sarah Prasad, Senior HR Business Partner at Head Resourcing talks to Lynne Connolly, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Standard Life about the relationship between these two essential components and how we can take small steps towards making a re

Top 400: Diversity - The Buy-Side Club

As evidence mounts to prove that diverse investment teams achieve better risk-adjusted returns, asset managers are recognising the need to improve the diversity of their workforce. Recruiting more women, ethnic minorities and people with different educational and professional experiences would seem an obvious first step. Hiring candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds creates a virtuous circl

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