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Survey Report:

Improving social mobility; inside the HR profession and beyond

Resource summary

Published: October 2013

The survey reports on the family and educational background of people in the HR profession and the impact these have on their career progression. It also explores influences on their choice of career, views on factors that help or hinder progress within HR and career expectations and ambitions. The research also includes advice on practical ways of improving social mobility through work and HR's role in this process.

"Tackling social mobility is an important issue businesses cannot afford to ignore. It relates to their
ability to acquire talent as well as opening up paths for people to improve their earnings potential
and enrich their lives. It is about working to create more inclusive, cohesive and prosperous societies."

The survey findings chime with the principle behind our Learning to Work initiative, an action-focused programme designed to encourage more employers to invest in young people.

Contents of the report

Executive summary

Section 1: Social mobility within the HR profession

  • Family background
  • Educational background
  • Choosing HR as a career
  • The impact of family background and education on career progression
  • Getting ahead in HR
  • Future plans

Section 2: HR’s role in advancing social mobility

  • HR’s role in advancing social mobility
  • Increase awareness of the profession and possible career paths
  • Provide a variety of routes into careers
  • Ensure recruitment, selection and progression opportunities are fair and accessible to people from all backgrounds
  • Develop qualifications, skills and knowledge on the job
  • Mentoring, coaching, support and advice
  • Highlight the benefits of a truly diverse workforce and confront discriminatory practices and views
  • Monitor diversity of workforce
  • Flexible working practices

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