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Companies offer more job opportunities for people, including immigrants

DUBLIN: Companies are expanding job opportunities for people, including immigrants, as part of the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) Elevate initiative, which aims to reduce inequality in Irish society. This wide range of career opportunities are offered by the 45 CEOs of some of the largest companies in Ireland. Companies that have signed up include AIB, Bank of Ireland, Diageo, eir, Gas Networks Ireland, Roadstone and Sky Ireland.

BITCI CEO Tomás Sercovich said that the global pandemic and campaigns such as #BlackLivesMatter have highlighted social inequality. “Companies have a fundamental role to play and know that they have to do more,” he said. Mr. Sercovich said that ELEVATE aims to build a workforce that reflects society.

The BITCI said it will publish a progress report on an annual basis and the first would be released by the middle of next year.

“The reality is certain groups within our society face significant barriers to employment and we are proud to be working with other pledge signatories to change this,” said Ken Scully, Head of Trading & Commercial Operations-Ireland at Marks & Spencer and co-chair of The Leaders’ Group on Sustainability.

Recent BITCI research has found that people with disabilities are four and a half times more likely to be unemployed than the general population.

The study found that a black person is six times more likely to be unemployed and Travellers 13 times more likely. Deloitte conducted the research on behalf of BITCI to highlight the inequalities in society and the barriers that contribute to them.

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