The RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) is launching a new initiative to help property firms across the North West create a more inclusive and competitive workforce.
The land, property and construction sector is not known for its diversity but RICS have been working across the industry and learning from other professions to find out what is not working and what can be done differently.
Findings from the organisation’s research have led to it launching a scheme known as the Inclusive Employer Quality Mark, designed to help firms gain a competitive advantage and a diverse workforce.
Victoria Hampson, RICS Regional Director, North & Midlands adds: “If current workforce statistics about our industry don’t improve, Britain will stop building in 2019. We must ensure this does not become a reality. We need to bring more skilled and qualified people into our sector, and until we change the culture in the workplace, we are not going to attract the brightest and the best.
“The Quality Mark will put RICS at the heart of the profession, leading on rewarding and sharing best practice, and recognising and promoting the work of firms - whatever their size - who are striving towards creating an inclusive workforce. An inclusive workforce is a competitive workforce,”