Socioeconomic diversity:
hiring and inclusion from a
diverse and untapped talent pool

Wednesday 20th October at 10.00am BST

A strategy for socioeconomic diversity is vital if you hope to engage successfully with junior candidates over the coming years. Dartmouth’s Gen Z report showed that in 2021, the number of people who view socioeconomic diversity as the most important consideration about an employer trebled compared to 2020 when just under half of those surveyed viewed gender imbalance as the most pressing issue. In addition the demand from your future work force, the argument for casting the net wider is clear; 7%* of UK citizens have been privately educated and yet this background continues to dominate applications from British students for financial and professional services roles. If we agree that no group has a monopoly on intelligence, it is evident that these industries are missing out on talent.

2020 marked a turning point in the discussions about diversity. The pandemic highlighted both the opportunity gap between poor and wealthy as well as the increased scale of poverty in the UK (in 2020 this was estimated at 15m, almost one in four, by the Legatum Institute). As we rightly focus increasingly on areas of diversity beyond gender including race, ethnicity and sexuality alongside socioeconomic background, it has become clear that there’s significant intersectionality in the issues faced by all of these groups and those employers who wish to engage with them. Our belief is that by engaging with a far broader talent pool, our clients can both increase all diversity metrics within their teams as well as hiring the genuinely best and brightest.

In this seminar, you will hear from experts in social mobility about the challenges faced by young people from less advantaged backgrounds, approaches for engaging with and hiring from this talent pool, and crucial inclusion strategies. Speakers will include:

  • Duncan Exley, Advisor on Social Mobility, former CEO of the Equality Trust and author.
  • Dr Sam Holmes and Clare Addy from Causeway Education, a leading charity that works with young people to promote progression not determined by privilege.

We hope you’ll come away feeling motivated and equipped to effect change in your organisation.

Meet Duncan Exley

Duncan Exley is the former Director of the Equality Trust, a charity founded by the authors of The Spirit Level (Penguin, second edition 2010) to address economic inequality in the UK. A former student of economic and social history, he has had a long career in leading campaigning organisations and projects that use research to change government policy and corporate practice.

Despite being the son of a shop assistant and a ‘pit electrician’, Duncan has been described as part of ‘the establishment’. He tweets as @Duncan_Exley.

"I have attended a few forum events in recent years, which have always been a great networking opportunity as well as covering interesting and relevant content."

Steve Gardner