Page 3: The changing world of work
In the past, large engineering businesses were perceived as being predominantly white, male-dominated organisations. In recent years this notion has disappeared as the labour market has changed.
The nature of traditional relationships between employers and employees has moved forward. As a result there hasbeen a trend towards female employment, with increasing pressure for more women and others from diverse backgrounds to be appointed as senior managers and key decision-takers.
Organisations are now much more sensitive to where and how they can compete. Ever-rising customer expectations, increased competition and globalisation make it more important than ever organisations employ not just the right kind of people but also the best. This is something that can only be done through an inclusive strategy that focuses upon all types of people in the community as a potential source of employees.