A panel is being launched by the government to investigate why there is still inequality in the workplace, according to employeebenfits.co.uk
The National Equity Panel will be made up of academic experts in inequality. It will be independent and be chaired by professor John Hills.
Data from the past ten years will be examined to see whether people's life chances are affected by gender, race, disability, age and where they were born.
The panel will also look at their wealth, the type of family they were born into and where people live, before reporting back to the government at the end of 2009. Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, said at the Trades Union Congress: "To advance equality through our public policy, we need clarity of evidence and focus on the gaps in society and how they have changed over the last ten years." A study by Remploy recently found that many disabled people lack confidence when applying for jobs as they feel they do not have the right skills employers are looking for, according to jobsnewswire.com.