In the UK, issues of diversity and inclusivity in the workforce are constantly in the media spotlight, reflecting the growing political and industrial awareness that a balanced workforce is more likely to be competitive and innovative.
Women make up 13% of surveyors today but it's clear there is still much more to do to ensure the profession reflects the people it serves. I welcome any initiative that will help remove barriers that prevent people from reaching their potential and support small organisations in particular to benchmark their performance and make progress towards equality.
Leading the way
Where some professions have responded more rapidly than others to the challenge, the land and property sector has lagged behind, but now is the time for change.
We are going to lead the way within the industry and help the profession compete in the war for talent – which means looking to recruit the next generation of surveyors from the whole workforce, not selected parts.
The Quality Mark will put RICS at the heart of the profession leading on rewarding and sharing best practice, and recognising the work of firms of whatever size who are striving towards creating a fully inclusive work force for our sector.
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