Equality and diversity means giving everyone the chance to progress to the best of their ability regardless of race, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. There are laws that relate specifically to equality and diversity in the workplace.
As cheaper travel and the increasing accessibility to global media bring more and more possibilities for many people; the need for tolerance and understanding of others is becoming an issue that cannot be ignored.
What is Equality and Diversity?
Equality and diversity means that we treat everyone equally by taking into account differences. So it could be said that we treat someone equally by treating them differently.
There is so much importance placed on image today that sometimes the perception can mask or hide the real facts. Stereotypes can be used negatively when facts are wrongly presented. However people may be surprised when some facts are revealed.
Try our Equality and Diversity Quiz
Although this equality and diversity quiz is devised for UK residents, why not try it and see how you do?
What per centage of the UK workforce is aged over 40?
33% of the UK workforce is aged over 40. 45 – 59 year olds form the largest group of workers.
What percentage of older employees believe that employers discriminate against them?
A staggering 90% of older employees believe that employers discriminate against them.
How much less than men of the same age do women in the UK aged 40 earn on average?
The CMI (Chartered Management Institute) said women over 40 are paid 35 per cent less than their male colleagues for doing the same role.
What percentage of women have suffered or experience sexual harassment at work?
50% of women report they have suffered or experienced sexual harassment at work - compared to around 10% of men.
What percentage of gay men have suffered sexual discrimination at work because of their sexuality?
19% of gay men have suffered sexual discrimination at work because of their sexuality.
What percentage of lesbians have suffered sexual discrimination at work because of their sexuality?
12% of lesbians have suffered sexual discrimination at work because of their sexuality.
What is the percentage of ethnic minorities in elite professional and management roles in the UK?
The 2011 UK census shows that minorities make up 10% of those in elite professional and management roles
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We hope you enjoyed this equality and diversity quiz. How you choose to use it is totally up to you.
If you belong to an organisation or company, perhaps this short quiz has highlighted facts that you were not aware of, methods you could adopt to improve your organisation?
For further information and data on equality and diversity in the UK, visit the human rights website.
The Equality & Human Rights Commission have an excellent website that provides advice and guidance on rights, responsibilities and good practice, based on equality law and human rights. They also publish equality and diversity workshop reports and operate a helpline.
Many countries have their own laws and practices. Our Equality Legislation in the UK page offers a useful guide to current practices in UK. Use our contact form if you would like to add information for your country.
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