Experts in Diversity

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce is no longer a nice-to-have but a core component of any talent acquisition strategy. Recognising and harnessing the dynamism of diversity is an essential element of Hays’ leading expertise, enabling people and organisations to fulfil their potential.

Hays' diversity and inclusion expertise

Diversity and inclusion (D&I) in the workplace brings people of different experiences and backgrounds together, which – when managed well – creates a high-performance and innovative environment.

Through our expertise and partner network, we can help you recruit and retain a diverse range of talent.

  • We have a dedicated in-house diversity and inclusion expert
  • We work closely with a wide range of talented D&I professionals, diversity networks and groups.
  • We have expert thought-leadership, including our annual Global Diversity Report, our award-winning Hays Journal, and expert blogs from leading industry experts.

We offer a range of bespoke D&I products and services designed to support your organisation’s commitments.

View our latest insights into the world of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion or find out about the Business Benefits of Diversity.


bio_YvonneSmyth.jpgTalk to an ED&I expert

To discuss any aspect of your equality, diversity and inclusion policy, please contact Yvonne Smyth (Head of Diversity and Inclusion) on 0203 465 0055 or by emailing







Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Report 2021

We investigate if conversations about ED&I are leading to meaningful change.

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Diversity Data Report 2020

Discover the benefits of collecting diversity data.

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Inclusive Recruitment Checklist 2020

Review your recruitment processes and start hiring inclusively.

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Diversity & Inclusion Snapshot 2020

Discover how attitudes towards ED&I have changed.

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Diversity & Inclusion Newsletters

Read our insights on how to leverage the value that ED&I brings.

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Organisations we work with


The Alliance Network 

Alliance networkWe work very closely with the Alliance network in the midlands as a co-founding organisation to support, engage and improve LGBTi exposure and opportunities within Professional Services organisations.

We support the alliance by organising and hosting key events attended by many midlands based organisations from small SMEs to large corporates around a variety of key LGBT topics producing useful toolkits for members to take back to their organisations and implement.

Creating Inclusive Cultures 

Creating Inclusive CulturesFounded by Charlotte Sweeney OBE, CIC is a collaboration of companies and employers who are committed to realising and implementing the benefits of diversity and inclusion to truly position their cities as thriving business powerhouses. 

Hays Directors sit on the leadership teams across CIC’s 3 hubs in Manchester, Leeds and . Areas of focus include improving the visibility and support to BAME professionals, improving organisations’ support around mental health within the workplace and the creation of a junior board which has help city leaders interact with the next generation of workers and help identify what is important to them.

Leadership Through Sport & Business 

Leadership through Sport & BusinessHays is proud to work as recruitment partner to Leadership Through Sport & Business. LTSB is a life-changing social enterprise that gives high potential school leavers from disadvantaged backgrounds access to qualifications and careers in accounting, business, and finance.

We host ‘speed interview’ events run by LTSB to which we invite our clients, allowing them to understand more about the work LTSB does and access the cohorts of young people the organisation supports.

Teen Turn 

Teen TurnTeen-Turn provides teenage girls with the opportunity to spend two weeks during the summer in a technology career environment through work placements with companies based in Ireland. Hays supports Teen-Turn by engaging with prospective organisations to participate in the programme.

The aim of these ‘Teen-Turnships’ is to enable more girls to explore and gain an interest in technology, which will lead to more women earning technology qualifications – thus meeting a demand for skills that is currently outpacing supply.

Teen-Turn works with schools to identify participants with academic promise who will benefit from the opportunity but are from traditionally disadvantaged communities where third level education is uncommon.


National Equality Standard


Hays are proud to have achieved the National Equality Standard

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