By Claire West

The CBI commented on the Government’s Equality strategy, unveiled by Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone yesterday.

Katja Hall, CBI Director of Employment Policy, said:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to working with businesses to develop a voluntary framework to improve gender diversity. Greater transparency could help companies identify areas of the business where women are under-represented and take steps to redress the balance.

“The CBI will work with ministers to develop a flexible system that works for employers and delivers results.

“Lack of applicants is still a barrier for employers looking to diversify their workforce. The ability to choose candidates which are under-represented in the workforce in tie-break recruitment situations could be a useful tool, but employers will need clear guidance on how to use this positive action provision correctly to avoid falling foul of the law.”