Everything else you need to know about the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark.

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Is there a cost involved?

There is no fee or cost associated with becoming a signatory.

Is this mandatory?

The Mark is voluntary, with a bi-annual self-assessment. The first to be held in February/March 2016. When a firm signs up to the scheme it means they are:

  • committed to improving inclusivity according to the six key principles
  • committed to monitoring performance: by completing a bi-annual self-assessment which means gathering specific inclusivity data and submitting it to RICS.

Why is RICS doing this?

If current workforce statistics about our workforce don’t improve, Britain will stop building in 2019.

Each year, the property and construction profession welcomes and loses over 400,000 employees – a skills gap significant enough to threaten the future viability of our industry and communities. With shifting employee needs, expectations and demographics, along with a competitive war for talent, it is now more important than ever that we focus on attracting, engaging and retaining the talent mix that will make our future a reality.

How do I sign up?

Sign up here by filling out a simple form. Once submitted, we'll take it from there.

What happens after I sign up?

Your logo will go on the website for others to see, and you will be contacted over the next six months as a sounding board while the assessment tool and online resource are developed.

You may also be asked to put forward someone in your organisation who is happy to be interviewed on the work of your firm, and how you're tackling the issues of inclusivity.

How will be my firm/organisation be assessed?

Signatories will be asked to complete a bi-annual self-assessment return.

Will large firms and small firms complete the same assessment?

No – while both large and small firms will sign up to uphold the six principles, the assessment criteria will  be size appropriate, so there will be two different sets of questions.

Will my firm/organisation receive any training and support?

Yes – we are developing an online support resource which will point you toward training that is done by RICS or other suppliers. In addition, you can learn from peers across the sector who will be sharing their case studies and best practice.

Do you supply training?

Yes, we have a suite of options that cover the six principles - find out more on our training page.

By signing up to the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark (IEQM) you are consenting to receive marketing email communications from RICS on the topic of diversity and inclusion, including news, updates, events and product promotion. We're comitted to protecting your personal details and to giving you access to them. You can find out more from our Privacy Policy or by emailing privacy@rics.org.

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