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Are you a Housing & Property Services professional looking for your next career move? When you first begin your job search, it can be tricky to know where to start. Reviewing a company’s LGBT policy can be a good place to begin, and to help you narrow your job search our Housing & Property Services team has compiled a list of the top LGBT-friendly companies in the UK. So, whether you are looking for a hands-on role such as an electrician, plumber or carpenter, or an office-based position such as an administrator, manager or planning officer, you can move forward with confidence. Having an inclusivity and diversity policy is becoming the norm for Housing & Property Services companies, as many job seekers now actively seek out employers that are open, progressive and inclusive. A company that has LGBT-friendly policies in place is particularly important to many candidates. Fortunately, campaign and advocacy charity Stonewall released its annual report at the start of 2019, which details the top 100 most LGBT-inclusive employers in the UK. In this year’s report, four housing companies made it onto the top 100, out of 445 organisations that entered. Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “Changing things for the better needs us all to work together – across workplaces, across sectors, across communities – and using tools like the Workplace Equality Index helps systematically achieve sustainable change. Collectively, we can, and will, build a world where all LGBT people are accepted without exception.” Each Housing & Property Services company on the list was assessed on 10 key areas of the Workplace Equality Index. These included: LGBT employee network groups, community engagement and how the organisation involved all employees on LGBT inclusion. Read on to discover more about the top four companies and their policies. 1. Home Group #17 on the Top 100 This year’s report saw Home Group jump up 58 places on the top 100 list, up from 75th place in 2018. As part of its efforts, the social enterprise and charity runs the ‘role models’ and ‘Lifeswap’ programmes, which encourages people to share their stories and also to support others in becoming more knowledgeable about the challenges that LGBT people face in the workplace. Susan Fulton, Director of People at Home Group, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been placed 17th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index. We’ve always recognised the strength that diversity brings to everyone in the Home Group team – we are so proud that our staff’s passion for inclusion, equality and acceptance, whether it’s in health, society or as individuals, is recognised by this fantastic ranking.” Visit the company’s policy page to download its equality, diversity and inclusion policy. 2. Riverside #26 on the Top 100 Another climber, Riverside moved up 10 places to claim the 26th spot on the top 100 list. It manages more than 55,000 properties across the UK, and its equality, diversity and inclusion policy extends to everyone who is employed by or who receives a service from the social housing provider. John Glenton, Executive Director of Care and Support at Riverside, said: “I believe that diversity enriches Riverside. As we demonstrate our commitment to diversity, we consequently attract and retain talented people who can be themselves and are reflective of our diverse customer base.” Discover more about Riverside's commitment to diversity by following this link. 3. Nottingham City Homes #44 on the Top 100 Nottingham City Homes manages approximately 27,000 homes in the city of Nottingham on behalf of the City Council. In addition to its placement on this year’s top 100, the organisation is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme. Nick Murphy, Chief Executive at Nottingham City Homes, said: “As an organisation we are committed to diversity in our workforce. We want to make sure we are an inclusive employer, so we can attract and retain the very best talent to provide the best services for our tenants. Nottingham is a diverse city and it is important to us we reflect the diverse communities we serve. Read more about Nottingham City Homes’s equality and diversity strategy. 4. Your Homes Newcastle #77 on the Top 100 Coming in at joint 77th with the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2019, Your Homes Newcastle has made it on to the top 100 list for the last 10 years. In 2018, when the housing organisation came 47th, Tina Drury, Managing Director, said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that all of our services are inclusive of LGBT Plus communities and we’re committed to maintaining that. Our ‘Proud@YHN’ staff network group has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of important issues for the LGBT Plus community and YHN has engaged with more staff and residents than ever this year. If you are interested in a career at Your Homes Newcastle, find out about its diversity and inclusion policies here. Get in touch With our in-depth sector knowledge and more than 16-years’ worth of experience, Sellick Partnership is ready to help you find your next role. Visit our dedicated jobs page to view our current Housing & Property Services opportunities, or contact us today.
This year Sellick Partnership are delighted to be sponsoring the Repairs & Maintenance category at the 2019 24housing Awards. Founded in 2013 the 24housing Awards provides an evening of celebration, reflection and recognition of the UK housing sector and its professionals. There are a total of 14 categories to enter including Repairs & Maintenance Provider of the Year, Affordable Housing Scheme of the Year and Chief Executive of the Year. Senior Manager, Claire Harrison is excited to be involved this year; “After attending the 2018 24housing Awards we knew we wanted to be involved in 2019 and jumped at the chance of sponsoring the Repairs & Maintenance Category this year. Events like this are really important to us as a business as they allow us to shine a light on the great work that is done every day within our specialist sectors. We work with many organisations within the Housing & Property Services sector, and witness the great work they do every day, so we felt like we wanted to do something to help promote and give back to the people that work so hard and make the sector such a success. “We have been working closely with 24housing over the last 12 months and seen how their publication and events allow housing association’s to share best practice and help them demonstrate how they add value by working collaboratively. This is another great example of how we can promote the work that these organisations are doing to make a difference within the sector and celebrate the success of those who go above and beyond.” Mark Lawrence, editor of 24housing Magazine is also excited for another massive year of the event and stresses the importance of awards like this to give credit where credit is due; “There has never been a more exciting or challenging time to work in housing. Reductions in government grants and changes to the benefits system have forced housing providers to think creatively about the type of organisations they want to be. “With an ageing housing stock, the need to keep homes up to a high standard has become key. The Repairs and Maintenance category, sponsored by Sellick Partnership in 2019, showcases those who have set the bar high, been innovative and wowed tenants. Last year’s winners, family-owned MCP Property Services Ltd, highlighted just how important this category is, going above and beyond to provide tenants with more than just a standard repairs service.” Judged by some of the industry’s most distinguished names, the 24housing Awards panel will be looking for entries that demonstrate value for money, best practice, successful outcomes and originality. Taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on Thursday 10 October 2019, the 24housing Awards will be a night to remember, and we would love to see some of you there! Entries are now open and will close on Friday 26 July 2019. If you are interested in entering feel free to get in touch, or you can head over to the 24housing Awards website for full details. Or, to find out more about Sellick Partnership feel free to visit our website. Or, if you want to find out how we could help you attract the talent you need, or find your perfect role within Housing & Property Services, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can email Senior Manager Claire Harrison directly, or contact the Housing & Property Services recruitment team by calling 01332 542580.
Have you noticed the lack of readily available young candidates entering into the Housing & Property Services sector? We have, and if more is not done to attract these candidates we believe there could be an even greater talent shortage in years to come. In this blog, Senior Manager Claire Harrison looks at what she has learned while recruiting young candidates into the Housing & Property Services sector and how organisations can attract and retain them long-term. As the Housing & Property services jobs market becomes even more competitive, the need to attract and retain the very best young candidates is becoming even more important. The problem is that there are less young candidates deciding to choose Housing & Property services as a viable career option. So what can housing organisations do to solve this problem? Here are my top tips on attracting the best young minds into the Housing & Property services sector, and what housing leaders need to do to retain the very best young talent. Housing leaders need to promote Housing & Property Services jobs using the right key words and targeted job adverts Getting your job adverts seen by the right candidates is hugely important as recruitment becomes more digitally focused. If you want your housing jobs to be seen you need to think about the words you are using and where you are placing your adverts. The main thing you need to consider here is how well you know your market and the candidates you are trying to attract. Think about what they are going to search for, and use similar language when writing the job description. You need to describe things as simply as you can. For example, your job description. It is important to make sure this is easy to read and tells the candidate what the role is about. Every day I look at job specifications and adverts with complicated job titles, and lots of confusing words and terminology throughout. Strip this back and make sure your candidates understand the job and know exactly who it is you are looking for. Finally, promote your housing jobs in the right places! There is no point putting all of your roles on a job site that none of your candidates visit. Think outside the box, utilise your own website and promote your job advert in as many specialist outlets as possible to ensure you get the right candidates applying. Housing leaders need to engage with prospective Housing & Property Services candidates at school and university If you want to attract young candidates into the Housing & Property services Sector, you need to engage them as early as possible. Think about getting in touch with local schools and universities and ask them how you can get in front of some of their students. This may involve you giving a presentation on the housing sector or on a specific topic the students may be working on. Universities will also hold careers fairs throughout the year. These are a great way to get in front of students that are searching for their next career opportunity. It is important however to keep in touch with any talent you might encounter. Get their details, meet with them and ensure they remember you when they come to applying for their next role. Housing & Property Services organisations need to speed up their hiring processes to attract young talent Your success depends on building teams of skilled and highly talented Housing & Property Services professionals, so you need to act fast if you want to attract the best candidates or you risk losing them to the competition. Manual and tedious tasks such as sifting through hundreds of CVs and a lengthy interview process slow down your hiring and increase your time to hire. This can result in candidates dropping out of your process if it takes too long and they are receiving offers elsewhere. I have two key tips here to streamline your hiring process and make it quicker: Look at your hiring process and ask yourself are all the hiring stages really required – this will allow you to streamline your recruitment process. Does a formal interview process across multiple days really showcase the talent of individuals? Some of our clients carry out individual interview days which allows a candidate to meet with multiple employees over the course of the day and really allows the client to spend more time getting to know the candidates. Because this is all carried out in one day the turnaround time of the hiring process is much quicker. If this is something you feel you struggle with at the moment, I would be more than happy to help. Set expectations if you know your hiring process needs to be over a longer period of time – sometimes you need to have a lengthy hiring process so shortening it is not an option. A multi stage process is usually for senior permanent hires but it could happen when recruiting at the junior end. If this is the case, be honest with your candidates and ensure they are aware of each stage in the process. This should make them more engaged, and may stop them dropping out altogether. Housing & Property Services candidates are looking for an organisation that embraces diversity Successfully hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce has never been more important for the Housing & Property Services sector, especially when recruiting from the younger generation who view this as a vital factor when choosing an employer. Not only is it profitable, but it also fosters innovation, trust and problem-solving, three things young candidates look for in a prospective employer. Diversity and inclusion should be a big focus for employers because it ensures that all employees, regardless of their background and experiences are treated equally, creating a healthier, more successful team. Sell your company if you want to attract the best candidates into Housing & Property Services Possibly the most important tip I could give is to sell yourself, your company and the benefits of working for you at every stage of the hiring process. Remember, candidates are judging you as much as you are judging them, so it is important to get this right. Never lie, or fabricate anything, but instead give prospective candidates a feel for what it will be like to work for you. If the advice in this blog was not enough, and you are still looking for more information on getting the right candidates into your business, check out our employer resources. Our housing clients love the information on our employer resources section. It is full of information from building an inclusive workforce to getting your job description right. Alternatively, you can get in touch with me or my team directly to discuss your needs. We would love to help you attract the brightest young minds to your business