"Diversity: the art of thinking independently together." - Malcom Forbes

DIVERSITY & EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Walker Davies IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES EMPLOYER AND APPLIES THE SAME CODE OF ETHICS AND DIVERSITY POLICIES TO OUR PRACTICES OF WORKING WITH OUR CLIENT ORGANISATIONS TO HIRE AN INDIVIDUAL FOR A SPECIFIC ROLE.

As a leading Recruitment, Consulting and Coaching company we understand the benefits of a diverse workforce. Therefore, in our efforts to provide the best possible service for our clients we will look to source talent from a wide a range of backgrounds as possible. 

We have a market leading reputation for delivering diversity. Our success here has been achieved due to our innovation and our unwillingness to accept the previously poor returns being received from the traditional diversity press. We have developed new networking groups, more robust search methodologies and innovative advertising to ensure that we were reaching traditionally under-represented groups.

OUR APPROACH

We ensure that all our consultants are trained in equality and diversity issues (including specialist disability training) in order to have the skills necessary to produce practical solutions to diversity challenges. 

We have an organisation-wide steering group on diversity and frequently organise conferences and seminars to help give practical advice to under-represented groups on achieving suitable positions in the future. 

We then pursue a number of approaches, both on an ongoing and assignment specific basis, in order to position us to best deliver a truly diverse shortlist for our clients.

When deciding how to obtain a diverse range of candidates for a particular post we first need to judge the likely diversity make up of the candidate target market.

Often a target market for a niche role poses significant initial challenges on the diversity front. Frequently the desired candidate is perceived as already operating at a certain level, often in a complex environment, and the different strands of diversity are generally under-represented. Consequently pro-active steps are needed in order to ensure a significantly diverse shortlist is delivered. This predominantly includes the use of effective targeted search and selection.

DIVERSE SEARCH

On a vacancy-specific level we will regularly push our contacts and referrals to think of individuals from under-represented groups as part of our search strategy. We have found even this simple step helps boost the diverse response for a search.

More fundamentally, we also look at under-represented communities at a macro, national level to determine which individuals would be appropriate for future assignments. 

Following a further refinement of the characteristics required for specific vacancies, we approach individuals from this search, encouraging them to apply or seeking referrals as appropriate.

Through a process of recommendation and referrals as well as publicising examples of valued advisory contributions to our clients from minority candidates, we are able to extract the strongest response from a diverse field of headhunted candidates.

OUR RESULTS

We believe that our capacity to recruit credible diverse candidates at all levels is second to none.

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

As a basic foundation of our diversity approach we uphold and comply with all legislation that governs our business operations. We believe having strict policies and procedures in place with regards to employment and anti-discrimination allows us to:

  • Make full use of the expertise of our workforce
  • Provide the same level of opportunity for everyone
  • Improve our management and personnel management practice
  • Strengthen our reputation as a good employer and service provider
  • Attract and retain new recruits and candidates
  • Show our clients that we promote equal opportunity and fair employment
  • Ensure that our employment practices do not infringe the law
  • Demonstrate our commitment to be an equal opportunities employer

To comply with these policies and government legislation, careful consideration is given to the media chosen for our campaigns in order that knowledge of such opportunities is not restricted unjustifiably to certain individuals or groups.

Advertisements are carefully worded to ensure that no inference may be drawn of an intention to advantage or disadvantage a certain individual or group in respect of the published opportunity in a manner that would be contrary to this policy statement.

Recruitment procedures are designed to reach eligible applicants from all sections of the community, encourage applications from suitable individuals, and ensure that the selection process is based on the skills, ability and experience of the applicant to perform the job advertised. This is measured against pre-determined objective criteria and competencies that are made available to all applicants.