What do we mean by Social Mobility?

In the UK, social mobility refers to the ability of individuals or families to move up or down the social and economic ladder within society over time, based on factors like education, income, and occupation. It is an important measure of equality and opportunity, as greater social mobility indicates a more level playing field where individuals have a fair chance to succeed, regardless of their background.

What is the law on Social Mobility when it comes to the workplace, recruitment and careers?

In a nutshell, social mobility is all about making sure everyone has an equal chance to succeed in their careers, no matter their background. It’s about levelling the playing field so that talent and hard work, rather than socio-economic factors, determine our employees’ success.

While there isn’t a specific law in the UK that solely focuses on social mobility, it’s important to understand how broader employment and discrimination laws come into play. The Equality Act 2010, for instance, helps protect job applicants and employees from discrimination based on protected characteristics such as race, gender, and age. By following these laws and promoting equal opportunities in our game development studios, we’re making strides toward boosting social mobility and ensuring our teams are as diverse and inclusive as possible.

How can we make our recruitment processes more socially mobile? For starters, we can widen our talent pool by advertising job openings through different channels, such as job boards, social media, and community events. We can also consider alternative qualifications, like work experience or online certifications, instead of relying solely on traditional education. And let’s not forget about offering internships, apprenticeships, and mentorship programs to help people from all walks of life break into the gaming industry.

Key organisations & resources

Calendar events

National Day for Staff Networks

The National Day for Staff Networks is the world’s only nationwide day dedicated to recognising networks/resource groups and the incredible value they add to the workplace.

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Develop:Brighton

The Develop:Brighton conference has something for everyone – 10 tracks covering every discipline of game making, including free Roundtables and Indie BootCamp. It’s main focus is practical take-away and vocational content giving you the chance to “skill-up” and do what you do even better.

Learn more about Develop:Brighton

Develop:Star Awards

Taking place on the evening of Wednesday 10 July during Develop:Brighton, the Develop:Star Awards 2024 will recognise the very best games and talent within the industry with categories that enable studios of every size to shine.

International Youth Day

International Youth Day is an annual observance dedicated to celebrating the potential of young people, raising awareness of challenges they face, and promoting their active engagement in socio-economic and political processes.

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National Inclusion Week

Founded by Inclusive Employers, National Inclusion Week (NIW) is a week dedicated to celebrating inclusion and taking action to create inclusive workplaces.

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2 December 1949).

Learn more about International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Human Rights Day

In the decades since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, human rights have become more recognised and more guaranteed across the globe.

Learn more about Human Rights Day