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Reasons to embrace diversity

  • Recruitment: Opening your business to a wider mix of talent through fair recruitment practices can help you fill vacancies and address skills shortages.
  • Retention: Staff in organisations that have made real efforts to promote equality feel more confident and valued, which leads to higher productivity and lower staff turnover.
  • Culture: People with different perspectives can bring new ideas and new ways of problem solving. Diverse teams are more creative and dynamic.
  • Customers and service users: Understanding how a company’s diverse customers think, what drives their spending habits, can access untapped markets.

Where to find help

There are simple, practical and often low-cost measures you can take whether you're in the public, private and third sector to make your workplace culture better for everyone.

Our equality toolkit for employers

Employers and training providers can use the Skills Development Scotland Equality Toolkit, an easy access reference guide that includes practical equality and diversity scenarios. Each section includes further pointers on where to go for information and support.

Health and Safety when hiring disabled individuals

Check out this guide if you’re hiring disabled employees. The handy resource gives advice on how to balance health and safety with equality legislation.

Access to Work grants

Access to Work grants for individuals with a disability, health or mental health condition can pay for practical support such as:

  • adaptations to the equipment they use
  • special equipment
  • fares to work if they can’t use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help them in their workplace
  • a support service if they have a mental health condition and they're absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • disability awareness training for colleagues
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • the cost of moving equipment if they change location or job

What you need to know about equality legislation and discrimination

For an overview of the different types of discrimination watch this short film from Acas below and for more detailed information please visit equalityhumanrights.com

Tips when recruiting

Write your job ad

Here's our checklist of practical advice to follow that will help you find a wider audience of potential recruits.

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Get the most out of an interview

Steer clear of inappropriate questions and behaviour and keep on the right side of the law at the same time.

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Unconscious bias

Few if any of us are free from prejudice or bias. Read this section to help support a fair and transparent recruitment process.

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What other employers say about diversity...

"Diversity is important to MacTaggart Scott: and we are doing our best to attract women to ensure we are maximising our potential recruitment pool."
MacTaggart Scott
"A diverse workforce helps us deliver a better service to vulnerable young people and families. We recruit care experienced young people to provide peer mentoring to service users."
Action for Children
"Greater diversity is a factor that can create real value for organisations whether this is related to increased creativity and innovation, organisational learning, the social environment, employee engagement, problem-solving and of course more resilient decision-making."
Scottish Water
"If you operate within construction ask yourself whether it makes business sense to accept a situation whereby capable, motivated and no doubt future shining stars of business have limited if any interest in your industry. The steps you might have to take are not ground breaking; they are practical, easily achieved and can be hugely rewarding and motivating for all involved."