Positive Discrimination or Positive Action?

8 December 2010

In April 2011, S.159 of the Equality Act 2010 i.e. positive action in recruitment and promotion provisions will be brought into force. The Government has made it clear that this will not lead to ‘quotas’ or giving somebody a job because they are from an ethnic minority.

Some of the likely aims of the strategy include:

  • Develop measures to promote more women onto the boards of listed companies;
  • Take action where there is evidence of discrimination e.g. equal pay. Further details to be set out in a consultation document;
  • Improve careers advice for females, ethic minorities, disabled people and other disadvantaged groups;
  • Set a target for new appointments to public boards to be 50% women. This is to be achieved by the end of the current Parliament.