Tag Archives: progressive employment policies

APPG Women & Work Report 2017

30 January 2017 | Leave a comment

Are you struggling to find the right people for the vacancies in your organisation? Is gender diversity on your agenda? Last year we hosted a ‘hidden talent action tank’ to help employers tap into the increasing number of skilled women who want to come back to work after an extended break. This week, we attended the launch of the ‘Women and Work’[1] report from a cross-party group of MPs and bring you the highlights from an employer perspective. You can … Read More


Childcare Costs on BBC Breakfast

14 November 2016 | Leave a comment

33% of business regard childcare as a key issue in recruiting and retaining staff, according to a report from the British Chambers of Commerce (13/11/16). The survey of more than 1600 business leaders across the UK also found 28% of firms have seen a reduction of working hours by staff due to the high cost of childcare and nearly 1 in 10 of employees have left the business because of it. Jessica Chivers, BBC Breakfast, discussing childcare costs and flexible … Read More


Bringing talent back – O2’s story

14 September 2016 | 2 Comments

Over the summer we brought HR, D&I, talent and resourcing practitioners from organisations including Whitbread, EY, Accenture and Cap Gemini together to explore ways to uncover and bring back ‘hidden talent’. Thank you to Avanade & Accenture for hosting us and to O2 for sharing their story. O2 What and why a ‘hidden talent action tank’? O2 When Jessica Chivers wrote the book, Mothers Work! she discovered vast numbers of women were returning to jobs not commensurate with their skills and … Read More


Hidden Talent Action Tank

26 June 2016 | 1 Comment

Could your recruitment processes be overlooking pockets of talent whether in your industry or under your nose? Why does hidden talent matter?   Join us on Wednesday 20th July for a hidden talent ‘action tank’ (more than just thinking) and hear from Andrea Jones about O2’s returnship programme and Jessica Brookes, Head of Inclusion & Diversity, and Els Hol-Ferman, Talent Acquisition Director, on what Avanade are doing to fuel the careers of women in technology. In the second half of … Read More


Avanade sponsors comeback workshop

8 December 2015 | Leave a comment

Do you work in technology? Are you currently on maternity leave or other break from work? Avanade is serious about fuelling the careers of women in technology and would like to connect with you.             As seen in the Guardian (If we really want more women in tech, we need to bring them back, 29/12/15) Avanade is sponsoring a ‘Coming back with Confidence’ workshop on Tuesday 2nd February, 9.50am-12.30pm in central London to support people, … Read More


Involved fathers, committed professionals

22 October 2015 | Leave a comment

On a recent project for the Law Society of Scotland we heard some great examples of men doing their very best to be active fathers whilst still delivering commercial goals. Here are men in their own words reflecting on how to get off to a good start as a new father.  “Be involved, be upfront with clients, prioritise sleep.” “Your kids are only young once. If you don’t read to them or put them to bed now, you never will. And … Read More


Employers benefit by ‘talking flex’ when recruiting

8 October 2015 | 1 Comment

In this opinion post Jessica Chivers shares her views on the competitive advantage gained by employers who state upfront on job adverts and at interview that there’s scope to talk flexible working. “Should I mention that I’m really looking for four days a week rather than FT?” “Will I put them off if I ask about flexible working at interview?” “At what point in the hiring process is it best to ask about flexible options?” These questions, and variations of, … Read More


Men, pick up your tambourines

9 June 2015 | Leave a comment

Jessica Chivers, The Talent Keeper Specialists founder and managing director, asks men to shake their tambourines for women in their workplaces. Remaining silent makes them part of the problem she says. I’m preparing to give a joint keynote with Dianah Worman of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development at a conference next month and the title we’ve been given is ‘breaking through the glass ceiling.’ Invitations such as these give me the opportunity to put the reading of related research papers and … Read More


Client case study – CIPR

28 January 2015 | Leave a comment

The Challenge The Challenge The 2014 State of the Profession findings were a breaking point in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in taking action on equal pay and gender balance. Amongst other defining statistics, the survey identified a mean average pay gap of over £12,000 in favour of men, as well as a lack of women operating at a senior level. These statistics are in context of an overall industry that is just under two-thirds female. As a policy commitment … Read More


Talent Fueller – Nikki Gatenby, MD of Propellernet

21 January 2015 | Leave a comment

Nikki ‘Director of the Symphony’ Gatenby is the Managing Director of Propellernet in Brighton, one of the most progressive Search Marketing agencies in the UK. She fuels talent by asking her people to be ‘stunning colleagues’ and they’ve been hailed one of the top 25 places to work in Europe. In an instant we know Propellernet is a special place to work when Nikki tells us her job title is not so much MD as ‘Conductor of Our Symphony’ – … Read More