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Beware of scams: Protect yourself from fraudulent messages

At Diversifying Group, we're committed to your safety and security. We would like to ask our candidates to beware of a current scam that targets job seekers. Fraudsters may reach out to you impersonating consultants with job opportunities or offers in order to get your personal information or request payment. It's crucial to be vigilant and verify the authenticity of any messages you receive.

Recruitment scams are not always obvious. Here are a few tips on how to identify a fraudulent message:

  • It’s from an unknown phone number, country code or email address.

  • It contains a link; these may contain malware that could be installed on your device so avoid clicking on these.

  • It contains sudden requests for payment or pressure to act quickly.

  • It contains poor spelling and/or grammar.

  • It contains unrealistic salary or working arrangements - if it’s too good to be true it probably is.

For your safety, we strongly advise:

  • Do not respond to these messages.

  • Do not share any personal information, banking details, or make any payments requested through these messages.

  • Report the scam message to your local authorities or the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) through their official website for further investigation.

At Diversifying Group, we might contact you by text message, however:

  • Initial contact will usually be via an email address containing or via LinkedIn.

  • We never send job offers or requests for personal information via text message to individuals who have not registered with our agency.

  • We will never ask a candidate to pay fees as part of the recruitment process.

  • We have an office phone number on our website, so you can give us a call if you’re not sure of anything.

Stay alert and safeguard yourself against fraudulent activity. If you have any doubts or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us directly using the contact details below:

12 May 2023

Diversity Lens - Issue 173

Working in Diversity and Inclusion, a lot of the time we focus on the people. But a key part of our work is also data-led, and including diverse identities within your data collection is so vital. It might be something you've not even thought about before. In our latest podcast this month, a couple of our in-house experts from Diversifying Group break down the hidden importance on intersectionality in data. Think of autism studies for example, there is a reason why the condition has been historically so much harder to identify in women, or people of colour, or queer people. 

Listen to the fascinating conversation on SpotifyApple Podcasts, or watch from in the studio on YouTube.


EHRC ‘Actively Harming’ Trans People, Ignoring International Recommendations, Charities Warn

The UK’s human rights watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has been called a 'failed institution' by Stonewall. The watchdog exists to advise the UK government on human rights policy changes, however Stonewall accuse them of recommending a 'roll back on trans rights.' 

Stonewall have outlined their concerns in a letter signed by 30 charities and addressed to GANHRI, an alliance which ensures human rights institutions meet certain standards. GANHRI have already advised caution to the EHRC last October, though this hasn't altered their 'anti-trans' path, according to Stonewall.

The EHRC board has been accused of being politically-motivated, and not protecting the rights of LGBTQIA+ people, people with disabilities, migrants and asylum seekers.

In April, the EHRC backed the redefining of the term 'sex' in the Equality Act which would exclude trans people from certain protections. This unprecedented alteration to decade long legislation would have dire implications on our trans community living their lives safety and with dignity. Chief Exec of Stonewall has warned, "If they were made law, the EHRC’s changes would effectively force most trans people to de-transition."



Women Should Help Design UK Parks to Tackle Safety Fears, Says Study

Research commissioned by the mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, and carried out by Leeds University, interviews more than 100 women and girls and found that most felt unsafe in parks even during the day. This research is identifying changes that can be made to park planning, such as lower hedges and better lighting, which could reduce risks of the harassment that stop a lot of women from confidently using parks. More recommended actions include minimising enclosed and hidden entrances and rethinking the placement of facilities so they maximise visibility and encourage use by women.

Rishi Sunak Rejects Call for Britain to Apologise for Slavery and Pay Reparations

During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Labour MP Bell Ribeiro-Addy directly asked Rishi Sunak if he would be willing to make a “full and meaningful apology” for Britain's historical role in slavery. Ribeiro-Addy had been reflecting on the life of former Tottenham MP Bernie Grant, also the founder of the Africa Reparations Movement, which prompted her to pose the question. Sunak responded with an unequivocal "no", claiming that it is "not the right way forward.” This comes shortly after the Heirs of Slavery group - descendants of some of Britain’s richest slave owners - also call on the government to face up and apologise.

UK Police ‘Regret’ Coronation Day Protests Amid Rights Concerns

Among the crowds of onlookers for the King's coronation last weekend were a small percentage of peaceful protestors. They held signs such as "not my king" and "abolish the monarchy." However, the police reacted aggressively to their presence. Six people were arrested on the suspicion of intent to protest, and thus prevented from exercising their democratic right. The Met Police have apologised for this and cancelled these individuals' bail. A total of 11,000 police lined the streets who made 64 arrests. The civil rights group Liberty called the police action "embarrassing" and accused the Met of being "all too happy to use and abuse those powers.”

Eurovision is ‘the Biggest Space on Earth’ for LGBTQ+ Fans

This Saturday is the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, an event that is a highlight of the queer calendar, a celebration of pop music that has provided groundbreaking LGBTQIA+ representation on stage over the years. The UK entry, Mae Muller, has spoken about how she always wants her shows to be safe spaces for everyone and how Eurovision itself feels “like the biggest safe space on the planet. [...] it feels very accepting."

The event is being held in Liverpool this year as a joint effort with Ukraine, last year's winners, who are unable to host in their country due to the war. 



I’ve Worked in Precarious Jobs for More Than 10 Years – Here’s What Unions Should do to Support Migrant Workers

"The cost of the uneaten food is more than I make each day. I wonder if the customers have considered the pain that goes into the food they enjoy upstairs, just above our heads."

A migrant worker and trade union organiser has conducted a self experiment by taking on a number of different jobs around Glasgow between 2017-2021 and analysing the conditions. What's missing from the media rhetoric around migrants, they explain, is how heavily we rely on their labour, but also actively seek it out in order to exploit it. Migrant workers occupy some of the most labour-intensive jobs - they are about 18% of the UK’s total labour force in sectors often marked by long and unsociable hours, zero hour contracts and lack of union representation. More must be done to bring these workers together as a collective and amplify their voices.

Why Three-Day Weekends are Great for Wellbeing – and the Economy

The abundance of bank holiday weekends recently have given many of us a welcome taste of what a four-day-working week could look like. Our bank holidays this year have reached a record nine, which is still fewer than any EU country. National holidays have been shown to have a small but positive effect on economic activity, as well as a morale boost on citizens. In well-documented four-day-week trials, workers felt less stress, less burnt out, less anxiety and reported a better work-life balance. However, the effects of public holidays are less long-lasting than a permanent reduction in working hours.

More Than 8 Million Ukrainian Refugees Have Fled to Europe but Only 1 in 3 Have Found Work

Around 18% of the population of Ukraine have fled the war and relocated in new countries. They have been afforded the right to work and Europe has been in the midst of a labour crisis - yet so many Ukrainian migrants remain out of work. The UNHCR interviewed 17,000 of the refugees and found that a large proportion were either not in work, in low paying jobs far below their qualifications, or employed in informal positions without protections. Many of the refugees are women who require flexible jobs to work around childcare, or they just don't have the access to seek out the right kind of jobs. Employers need to tap into this talent pool in a "sustainable" way by seeking guidance on hiring refugees and adapting their workspace, utilising job-matching mechanisms, and other benefits that would support their integration in the workplace.


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