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Are millennials really taking over our workplaces?

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has this month published a fascinating report as part of its Future of Work research programme entitled “Ageing Confidently: Supporting an Ageing Population”. The CSJ is an influential independent think tank that studies the root causes of Britain’s social problems and addresses them by recommending practical, workable policy interventions. If your role involves driving progress towards equality and diversity in the workforce, this will be interesting reading.

The first section of the report looks at “demographic trends”. As you might expect with an ageing population, in the UK employment rates have increased for those aged 50-64 years old. The report sets out in some detail the impacts of these trends on different sectors, from public administration and defence to retail.

The demographic shift presents benefits and challenges to employers and the state generally. The report considers the effect of an ageing workforce on pensions and benefits, healthcare costs, unpaid caring, productivity levels, skills and technology.

“Without a fundamental change in employment culture and an increase in opportunities for older workers … individuals, businesses and the economy will suffer”, finds the report.

In terms of recommendations, the CSJ suggests that the Right to Request flexible working should be strengthened and should be a right for all employees from day one, rather than at 26 weeks (the Right to Request is due to be evaluated in 2019).

Further, there should be improved communication between employers and employees for older workers in relation to opportunities for workplace adjustments and training opportunities. Rather than focusing on “retirement support”, employers should consider these discussions as a tool to enable older workers to continue to work, if they so wish.

Other proposals include enhanced healthcare support, implementation of employee-tailored “Mid-Life MOTs”, the initiation of an “Age Confident” scheme and, potentially controversially, an increase in the State Pension Age to 70 by 2028 and to 75 by 2035.

The report can be accessed here.

Are millennials really taking over our workplaces?

“Leaving no one behind”: the Equal Measures 2019 Gender Index

Equal Measures 2030 (EM2020) is an independent civil society and private sector-led partnership which envisions a world where gender equality is achieved, and every girl and woman counts and is counted. To achieve this EM2030 connect data and evidence with advocacy and action, helping to fuel progress towards gender equality. Partners include heavyweight organisations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and  Plan International.

Earlier this month Equal Measures 2030 published it’s 2019 gender index which is very interesting to read and gives us useful data on the progress that is being made towards gender equality.  It is described as being the “most comprehensive tool available to explore the state of gender equality across 129 countries”.  If your role involves driving progress towards equality and diversity in the workforce, this is a useful resource to use to demonstrate where good progress is being made and where lessons can be learned. 

The index as it currently stands finds that nearly 40% of the world’s girls and women (1.4 billion) live in countries failing on gender equality.  The same number live in countries that “barely pass”. This is a challenging picture with 11 years to go until 2030.

The Index looks at gender commitments within the following sustainable development goals (SDG): poverty; hunger and nutrition; health; education; gender equality; water and sanitation; energy; work and economic growth; industry, infrastructure and innovation; inequality; cities and communities; climate; peace and institutions; and partnerships.

The Index ranks Denmark highest overall, with the UK in 17th place.

SDG 8 is “Work and Economic Growth”. EM2030 recognises the Gender equality in employment gives women more decision-making power and enhances family well-being: women will typically invest more of their income than men in the health, nutrition and education of their children. Finland leads in the areas of Work and Economic Growth. Finland, in particular, is noted as having reasonably strong public services and social safety nets.

EM2030 encourages us all to “harness the power of data for gender equality”. Their vision is that using data effectively and to influence campaigns will lead to real changes in gender equality laws, policies and budget allocations.

The report can be found here. Acknowledgment is given for reproduction of materials.

“Leaving no one behind”: the Equal Measures 2019 Gender Index

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