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50 years on from the Race Relations Act: can behavioural insights help solve inequality?

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Race Relations Act 1968. The groundbreaking legislation made it illegal in the UK to discriminate against people based on their colour, race, ethnicity, or national origins, and refuse them housing, employment or public services. It wasn’t until the 1968 Act that the infamous ‘no blacks, no dogs, no […]

October 25, 2018


The rise of returners: New dynamic norm opens door to gender equality in the workplace

Earlier this year, UK companies with 250 employees or more published their Gender Pay Gap (GPG). With a national average of 18% difference in pay between men and women employees, many organisations are now wondering what they can do to close the gap. The lack of women at senior levels drives the GPG for most […]

October 23, 2018


Building stronger, more cohesive societies using behavioural insights: new report

In cohesive societies people trust each other, feel part of a shared identity and are able to work together to create a common good. In turn, these societies tend to be happier, richer and more peaceful. However, multicultural societies face particular challenges in building social cohesion, as people tend to be less trusting of others […]

October 16, 2018


New for employers: the latest evidence on What Works to reduce the Gender Pay Gap

Imagine a four-person shortlist that has three women and one man on it. With this shortlist, a woman will be hired only 67% of the time. If you’ve got two women and two men on the shortlist, a woman will be hired 50% of the time – the odds you would expect if people were […]

August 1, 2018


Watch: how to tackle the gender pay gap

Many employers want to make real improvements  to gender equality and diversity, but choosing which actions to implement can be challenging. There’s a gap between established practice and evidence. For example, employers could be forgiven for thinking that adding one woman to a shortlist is an effective way to hire more women into senior positions […]

June 15, 2018


The benefits of rebalancing childcare

Kids in Finland are unique among their international counterparts – they are the only children to spend more time with their dads than with their mums. Could the Finnish model of childcare have lessons for the rest of us? Some research suggests that kids who spend time with their fathers in addition to their mothers […]

May 11, 2018


What employers should do about their gender pay gaps

For the first time in history, employers with 250 or more employees in the UK are required by law to publicly report their gender pay gaps. The gender pay gap is not the same as unequal pay. Unequal pay means paying men and women differently for performing similar work (and is unlawful). By contrast, the […]

March 8, 2018


One hundred years of votes for women: what next to close the gender gap in politics?

Today marks one hundred years since some women in Britain got the right to vote. It’s an important milestone, with plenty to celebrate a century later — a record number of female female MPs entered Parliament in the last election. But the gender gap in political representation remains wide. Women make up only 32 percent […]

February 6, 2018


When attempts to improve the treatment of women fail

The recent spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has led employers from Hollywood to Westminster to think about how they treat women. This, alongside the introduction of the new requirement for employers to report their Gender Pay Gap, means it is a good time to ask the question: what do we know about what […]

November 23, 2017


How flexible working can improve gender equality in the workplace

Today is Equal Pay Day – an annual reminder of gender inequality in the workplace. While attention rightly tends to focus on the pay gap between men and women, there are a number of issues that impact differently on employees depending on their gender. One of those is flexible working. Half of UK employees would […]

November 10, 2017