Line of people standing all wearing jeans

#aucklandrec – the diversity edition

April 12, 2017

Originally posted on WeirdlyHub

#aucklandrec or Auckland Recruitment Meet-up is a regular Meetup of talent sourcing professionals from all over Auckland. Fuelled by Toto’s Pizza and lots of tasty beverages; over 100 talent professionals chatted, networked and learnt about diversity.

After some drinks were had

Screenshot of twitter with the words "@SayHelloNZ the drinks are chilling in the fridge. Thanks @tweet_xref . See you Thursday. #aucklandrec #nzrec"
Screenshot of twitter with the words “@SayHelloNZ the drinks are chilling in the fridge. Thanks @tweet_xref . See you Thursday. #aucklandrec #nzrec”

The speakers kicked off. First up was Katy Anquetil from Manpower Group who started with a thought-provoking demo

Screenshot of tweet with the words "#aucklandrec KatyAnquetil on the gender wage gap!"
Screenshot of tweet with the words “#aucklandrec KatyAnquetil on the gender wage gap!”

Three volunteers – two women and a man – were each offered a glass of wine, and much more wine was poured into the man’s glass. Katy asked the man if he was a parent, when he said yes, he got more wine!

It was a very visual way to show the wage gap… Katy pulled out stats which shows that it is a whopping 12%, unless you’re a parent… then it grows to 17%.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, in a room full of talent professionals, Katy gave some very concrete actions through the use of a pertinent Ryan Gosling meme.

Ryan Gosling says: Hey girl, didja know that if women were earning as much as men, the US Economy would produce over $47 billion in additional income... will you ask for a raise?
Ryan Gosling Meme with the words “Hey Girl didja know that if women were earning as much as men, the US Economy would produce over $447 billion in additional income? Will you ask for a raise?”

Then next up was Philip Patston from DiversityNZ but speaking about Be Accessible NZ. He had the shakiest start to his presso… getting stuck in the lift on the way in!

Twitter screenshot with the words "Tricky start tonight at #aucklandrec #diversity meetup - got stuck in the lift! I escaped, shared @BeAccessibleNZ’s employment progs. Ka pai"
Twitter screenshot with the words “Tricky start tonight at #aucklandrec #diversity meetup – got stuck in the lift! I escaped, shared @BeAccessibleNZ’s employment progs. Ka pai”

A stark reminder that you should check your equipment regularly!

Philip also started with some stats…

Photo of a Be.Accessible Slide, with the infographic stating 1 in 4 New Zealanders have access needs
Photo of a Be.Accessible Slide, with the infographic stating 1 in 4 New Zealanders have access needs

Pointing out that while 1 in 4 kiwis have access needs… 60% of them are un/under employed. The opportunity cost of this workforce exclusion has been calculated at $11.7 billion. He then outlined some of the amazing things that Be. is doing to fix this:

Photograph of a Be.Accessible slide outlining some of the things that they do (Internship programme, Mainstream employment programme subsidise for 2 years, Open Employment programme, welcome programme to support employers
Photograph of a Be.Accessible slide outlining some of the things that they do (Internship programme, Mainstream employment programme subsidise for 2 years, Open Employment programme, welcome programme to support employers

Last up was Claire Montgomerie from Westpac NZ. Conscious of the fact she was standing between the crowd and the pizza, Claire went through the amazing things that Westpac had done with Inclusion and diversity. Through consistent programmes, Westpac NZ’s leadership team is now 51% women.

Twitter screenshot with the words "Thx for the shoutout tonight Clare! Love what is being implemented
@WestpacNZ in #diversity #inclusion. 51% of leaders women!👌🏻#AucklandRec"
Twitter screenshot with the words “Thx for the shoutout tonight Clare! Love what is being implemented
@WestpacNZ in #diversity #inclusion. 51% of leaders women!👌🏻#AucklandRec”

Claire pointed out that it wasn’t good enough to consider only one type of metric… and that Westpac NZ had created a group or programme for all sorts of diversity. They specifically had groups for culture, gender, sexuality, age, disability & accessibility. In fact, they are one of the first kiwi companies to be awarded the Rainbow Tick.

Well that was us from #aucklandrec. It was a blast, and if you are in recruitment you should go and sign up on Meet-up and perhaps we’ll see ya there!

PS: the pizzas were awesome, thanks XRef!!

Twitter screenshot with the words "Did someone say #pizza 🍕 #aucklandrec 🐷"
Twitter screenshot with the words “Did someone say #pizza 🍕 #aucklandrec 🐷”

Some takeaways from the evening:

Katy Antequil from Manpower Group

  • As a talent sourcing professional and not the hiring manager, YOU can ask the hard questions:
  • Why Hiring Manager would we offer X less than Y for the same job?
  • Why would X be less qualified because she took a year off?
  • How do we determine a candidates worth? Is it not based on the job we are asking said candidate to do?
  • Shall we conduct an organisation wide pay gap audit?
  • Always submit a diverse slate of candidates, if necessary, strip CVs of gender and ethnicity before giving them to the hiring manager.

Philip Patston from Diversity NZ

Claire Montgomerie from Westpac NZ

  • Your programmes need to be company wide and driven from the top down. If there is no buy in from the top level, it will fail.
  • Consider all types of diversity and try to be inclusive for all.