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Category: inclusion, women in stem, women in workplace, job satisfaction, achievement, brexit

A picture depicting men in highly skilled jobs and women in lower skilled jobs

Recently, on ITV news a dialogue took place discussing the negative impact of Brexit on the UK’s employment scene. While immigrants make up a significant proportion of the low-paid, unskilled section of the job market, they also make up a large percentage of the contribution to the healthcare sector. Although it is unclear of the exact impact it would have on the UK job market, business leaders have already expressed concerns on their ability to recruit the skilled workers they need if the freedom of movement was revoked or amended.

A study by University College London last year found that European migrants made a contribution of £20bn to the public finances between 2000 and 2011, paying far more in taxes than they take out in welfare, with immigrants also more likely than Brits to set up their own businesses.

However, this is not the only concerning matter in need of discussion. The photo here depicts the ‘highly skilled’ and ‘upper middle’ sections with an icon of a man and the ‘lower middle’ and ‘low skilled’ sections with an icon of a woman. How does that impact how people view women and men in the workplace? It is subtly enforcing the gender bias that women belong in lower paid, unskilled jobs. It is displays of gender bias like this that encourage the stereotype that women are low-skilled and uneducated. This, in turn discourages women applying for roles within STEM, leadership postions or high paid jobs because of the negative connotations surrounding women. The percentage of women in highly skilled jobs is drastically different from men in highly skilled jobs. This is not to say that the UK have shortages of women with these desirable skills; business need to put more incentives in place to appeal to women. In order to close this gap, women need to feel comfortable and desirable in the workplace.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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