Property firms across the North West are being encouraged to create a more inclusive workforce under a new initiative from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The RICS says the land, property and construction sector is not renowned for its diversity. But the body has been working across the industry and learning from other professions to find out what is not working and what can be done differently.
Findings from the organisation’s research have led to the launch of the “Inclusive Employer Quality Mark,” designed to help firms gain a competitive advantage and a diverse workforce. The quality mark will ask employers to pledge their commitment to adopting and continually improving on principles such as leadership and vision with a commitment to increasing the diversity of their workforce.
Other improvements include engaging and attracting new people to the industry from under-represented groups using best practice recruitment methods, and offering better staff development using training and promotion policies that offer equal opportunities for career progression.
On staff retention, the RICS says it wants more flexible working arrangements, better staff engagement using an inclusive culture where all staff engage with developing, delivering, monitoring and assessing the diversity and inclusivity policies. And the industry is being encouraged to continually refresh and renew a firm’s commitment to being a good employer, by sharing and learning from best practice across the industry.
Victoria Hampson, RICS regional director for the North & Midlands, said: “If current workforce statistics about our industry don’t improve, Britain will stop building in 2019.”