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NICE WORK
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Nice Work is Radio 4's essential guide to working life in Britain today - we aim to cut through the jargon to get to the heart of what matters.

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Listen to Nice Work for 11 November 2003
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PHILIPPA LAMB
Philippa Lamb
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Tuesday 11 November 2003


Sexism and the City:

The City of London has long had a reputation as a tough place to work - particularly if you're a woman.

With complaints of unequal pay, bullying, limited promotion prospects and family-unfriendly working hours it's surprising that any women at all would opt for a career in the city.

But a spate of high profile court cases has brought to light some appalling examples of sexism and now companies are beginning to realise that behaviour has to change.

Philippa Lamb asks whether life has improved for those women still there and looks at the policies some companies are now adopting to try to change attitudes.

Studio guests:

Sarah Rutherford
Diversity Consultant, Schneider-Ross

Peter Burditt
Senior Executive Coach & Motivational Consultant, CPS

Shaun Springer
CEO, Napier Scott Executive Search

Report:
Matthew Wells reports from New York on the status of women on Wall Street.


Ex-offenders and employment

Getting ex-offenders into employment has become a key aim of the Government. And given that one in three men have a criminal conviction before the age of thirty we're talking about a significant proportion of the workforce.

Unemployed ex-offenders are twice as likely to re-offend as those in work so there is a great incentive to try to get them back into jobs. But so often there is resistance from employers who see ex-offenders as too great a risk.

Phillipa looks at the issues companies face and at changing legislation which will mean that in the future employers will have greater access to all of our criminal records.

Report:
Mike Johnson reports from Hull where the city's prison has developed close links with local employers.

Studio guests:

Paul Cavadino
chief executive NACRO

Dianah Worman
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development



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