Employers can play an important role in reducing these social and health inequalities, particularly for people from disadvantaged groups. Research carried out in partnership with academics from the University of Düsseldorf explores what companies can do to support people facing barriers to work as they seek to gain and sustain employment.
A number of qualitative methods were used, including interviews with a sample of companies participating in our Ready for Work programme, to find out what provisions were offered by companies to support disadvantaged groups.
The research found that the most common provisions include:
Partnering with specialist agencies to deliver employability services
Creating inclusive recruitment practices to make it easier for people to apply for jobs
Providing dedicated support to help disadvantaged people settle into their job
Corporate parenting to meet specific needs of the individual
Flexible work arrangements and financial support
This research forms part of the DRIVERS project, a major pan-European study (2012-15), funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme, into three key drivers for health: fair employment, social protection and early childhood development.