The True Value of Diversity

By Kate Rattigan The lack of diversity in the public relations industry is an issue that has been brought to light by CIPR in their “From Diversity to Inclusion” report (CIPR, 2015). The report reveals that only 9% of PR practitioners are from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. It also reveals that the industry …

Public Relations in 2018 – five risks

After a couple of years of economic, political and social turmoil you might be fooled into thinking 2018 is going to be a comparative walk in the park. There are some big challenges on the horizon but, with some careful thought and planning, these can be professionally negotiated. Here are five things that should already …

Getting ready for your first Gender Pay Audit

In a few months’ time many PR teams are going to face a major challenge when, for the first time, the law will require their employer or client to publish details of their own gender pay audit. The Fawcett Gender Pay Gap Conference on Thursday 12 October, explored what organisations should expect from their first …

Target for BME diversity in public relations underestimates issue

The public relations profession should represent the public that it seeks to engage. Regional employment data suggests it has further to go than previously recognised. Analysis published by #FuturePRoof suggests that the UK public relations profession needs to work harder to tackle diversity. Karan Chadda overlaid regional employment data for the public relations industry against …

Employment culture: reputation dynamite

If you think HR and comms are separate functions, think again. By Gabrielle Lane The man who made Google Google-y It was a tale of two headlines. The first, ‘Google HR chief Laszlo Bock is leaving’, announced the departure of the tech giant’s senior vice president of people operations. The second, ‘One of the executives …

Sarah Pinch honoured for championing women in business

Our boardrooms are lacking in gender diversity, and the absence of female representation has an impact at all levels of an organisation. The presence of strong, female role models across all sectors and industries is essential to develop a pool of diverse rising talent. Today I’m delighted to share the news with you that Sarah …

Diversity in PR in Scotland

Diversity in PR is a big topic. It’s not just about gender. Two years ago, at #PRFest, I invited people to join a panel to discuss diversity in PR. I was disappointed with some of the conversation and I was also surprised by some comments from practitioners. At least it gave me a good picture …

How do UK PR agencies integrate me?

As a young foreign student, one of the first things Maria Temneanu was told was that taking a couple of elocution lessons will help her more than 3 years worth of undergraduate PR knowledge.  I know, right? When it comes to diversity and employment, PR seems to be riddled with contradictions. Agencies boast about hiring …