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So far we have talked about equality, discrimination and the equality act. But what about diversity?

Basically, diversity means something that is different or varied. In society, this relates to the range of differences between individuals and within and between groups of people.  It is to do with respecting an individual with regard to their race, culture, religion, appearance, health, values, politics, sexual orientation, age, marital status and ability. In fact, anything that is different or varied about someone to you.

These differences can come from different social, cultural religious backgrounds. It can be because of different ethnic origins and amongst other due to a disability, gender, sexuality, appearance and or family structure of background.   In the UK we have a very diverse population, this is not a new thing but it is increasing, around one eight of the of UK working age population were born overseas.

There were over 170 religions within the UK and more than 300 spoken languages.  By 2014 at least 55% of the population will be aged 45 or over and over 25% of the population have a disability of some form.

A diverse workforce is important because the organisation can offer a wider range of resources, skills, ideas and energy to the business.  Creating a diverse workforce can deliver positive outcomes and benefits such as improved staff retention, progression for employees, staff have a better appreciation and respect for difference and improves morale and raises motivation.