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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:

16 Feb 2024

Diversity Lens - Issue 211

What's one part of adulting you still can't get the hang of? 🫣  One (of many) of mine is interviewing for jobs. It's essentially two or three people chatting but the very thought fills me with panic. And I think a lot of you might feel the same... Luckily, we have the loveliest recruiters in town who have agreed to disclose all their tips and tricks to nailing those anxiety-inducing interview questions. First up: What is your biggest weakness? Don't panic - here's what our recruiters say they want to hear from this question.   


🚊 Overground rebranded with Suffragette and Windrush line

💒 Turkish women can now keep surnames after marriage

🎓 Bristol professor unfairly dismissed due to anti-zionist beliefs

😓 The "great wellbeing walkout" is coming

👩🏾‍💼 Wage growth and job vacancies falling


Are we losing the UK real living wage? 💸


What's the real living wage? This is an independently calculated wage rate, based on living costs, determining the minimum wage needed to meet everyday needs. It currently sits at £12/hour across the UK, and £13.15 in London. Businesses can voluntarily opt into the campaign. The government-sanctioned minimum wage sits at £10.42, though this is set to rise to £11.44 in April.

What's the problem? The last two years have seen 10% increases in the real living wage due to inflation. Two high-profile companies - Brewdog and Capita - have subsequently dropped out of the scheme, claiming they cannot afford it. Unions fear more companies may follow. The Communications Workers Union has rejected this excuse, claiming that the CEO of Capita took home "more than £1.7m in 2022.” The director of the Living Wage Foundation however, says the campaign is still seeing much success with "3,000 employers signed up in the last year alone." 👏 


First person convicted of "cyberflashing" 🤳

What is cyberflashing?

This refers to "the sending of an unsolicited sexual image" online via text, airdrop, or other means. It recently became a criminal offence under the Online Safety Act. The victims in this case were a woman and a 15-year-old girl, sent unsolicited pictures by a 39-year-old man in Essex via WhatsApp. The perpetrator was convicted and is now awaiting sentencing.

Why is this significant? 76% of girls aged 12-18 have been sent unsolicited nude images of boys or men. Cyberflashing is so commonplace it has largely become normalised, though it can cause deep harm and distress to victims. We have no figures for the male victims affected by cyberflashing though we suspect it is not an insignificant number, particularly for gay men and boys.


UK government quietly abandons NHS LGBTQIA+ inclusion programme 💔 During LGBTQIA+ History Month with the theme of medicine...

What programme? The NHS Rainbow Badge scheme was previously in place across hundreds of hospitals in the UK. It meant that independent assessors reviewed the LGBTQIA+ inclusion policies, led by charities including Stonewall and the LGBT Foundation.

Why has it been cut? Whistleblowers within the NHS have told Vice News that this is a sudden U-turn on recent plans to provide more funding to the programme. Allegedly, pressure from government officials has led to this decision. Whistleblowers and charities involved with the scheme say the funding was "secretly pulled" with no communication as to why, either internally or publicly.


😇 This Dutch phenomenon could fix your burnout!

💙 We're making colleagalentines a thing

🔥 "Gayest thing you’ve ever seen in your life" courtesy of Kristen Stewart

🇬🇷 Greece legalises same-sex marriage

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