As a leading recruiter within the Property, Construction & Engineering and Financial Services & Accounting sectors, Cobalt Consulting recognises its obligations as both an employer and a provider of recruitment services to the wider community.
Our Commitment to Equal Opportunities and Diversity
Cobalt Consulting is committed to promoting equal opportunities and diversity, as an employer, a provider of recruitment services, customer and supplier. We make every effort to prevent discrimination against any of our employees, candidates or clients on the basis of gender, race, age, ethnic or national origin, disability, religion or political belief.
We monitor the gender, age and ethnicity of applicants across all roles and levels that we recruit for. These statistics can be provided to clients on request in order to help them achieve their own organisational aims.
Equal opportunity is all about good and fair employment practice and makes sound business sense. Everyone has the right to work and do business in an environment free of discrimination and harassment and we will not tolerate such behaviour under any circumstances.
We are keen to spread this message beyond Cobalt. We sponsor the Estates Gazette Salary & Benefits Survey, which asks questions surrounding diversity and our Managing Director also participated in a debate surrounding diversity in the property industry.
Following the implementation of the Age Discrimination Law in October 2006, Cobalt has ensured that all current and new consultants are made aware of its implications through training and monitoring of their work. This has included changes to the registration process, a fully compliant database and ensuring that our advertising does not contravene the legislation.
Whilst this may be perceived as a minor contribution to our local community, we are aware of our corporate expansion plans for the future and what the impact will be on our immediate environment. We are strong believers that for a company the size of Cobalt, it is the minor contributions to our environment that make a difference in the long term. Examples of our contribution to our local community are:
- It is Cobalt’s policy to return all printer cartridges to the manufacturer for recycling.
- We outsource our recycling to Paper Round who collect our paper waste.
- Cobalt has installed a water purifier system so to reduce the purchase of plastic water bottles which are a major landfill issue.
- We donate all functioning IT hardware (which is obsolete for our business purposes) to local schools.
- Installation of showers in our central London office to encourage cycling and running to and from work.
Well Being and Health and Safety
Cobalt is a strong advocate of a healthy work/life balance and accepts its responsibility in ensuring that individuals achieve this. We do this through:
- Discouraging any additional hours being worked, whether it be before or after the core working day or at weekends, which is communicated at the outset of their careers here and continually reinforced throughout the business.
- Encouraging employees to run, walk or cycle to work where possible so that individuals can, in turn, reduce environmental damage by unnecessary use of taxis or private transport. To make this a viable and realistic option, we provide on-site showering facilities.
- Ensuring that full holiday entitlement is exercised each year, by not carrying forward annual leave.
- Introducing incentive schemes which centre on taking time off or relaxing trips abroad, often including partners.
- Encouraging sporting activities, including football, netball, running, cycling and golf weekends.
- Free flu vaccinations annually for all staff, administered by a qualified health professional at the office.
- Flexible working and childcare vouchers are available to employees with family commitments.
We take the health and safety of our employees very seriously, with our health and safety policy being communicated to all new employees through the employee handbook. We engage an independent health and safety consultant to review our practices annually.
Cobalt Recruitment is committed to supporting our communities, the environment and the people who work for and represent our organisation. Due to the nature of our global business, we support a number of local charities across our business that our 150 employees fundraise for via a number of schemes and events. We also use our company birthday on October 1st to raise funds from all our offices.
In London, our local charity partner is Centrepoint, which strives to support homeless youngsters. As well as providing temporary shelter, they offer youngsters access to therapy and educational support to help them get their lives back on track. This year, our aim is to raise £2500 for this worthy cause.
Cobalt is also proud partners of Building Heroes, a fantastic charity who provide building trades skills training to military veterans who have kept us safe, as well as supporting them into employment.
With over 20 years in professional recruitment for the built environment industry, we are aware of the challenges our clients in the UK construction industry are facing due to a 230,000 person skills shortage – the highest since 1998.
Cobalt Recruitment is working with Building Heroes to raise awareness of and create connections with their fantastic veterans and to support them with their mission to tackle unemployment amongst the 120,000 unemployed military veterans of working age in Britain today, by offering them a seamless transition to a new career in construction.
You can find out more about Building Heroes here.
Equal Opportunities and Diversity Resources
The following links provide a variety of sources of information and advice on the subject of equal opportunities & diversity in the workplace. Cobalt Consulting accepts no responsibility for the content of external sites.
c2e – Committed to Equality
This Website has been developed for the use of all organisations, to enable them to implement the C2E Equality and Diversity programme.
Equality and Human Rights Commission
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is a non-departmental public body in Great Britain that was established in 2007 with the aim to challenge discrimination and to protect and promote human rights.
Modern Slavery Act 2015
As part of our Equal Opportunities Policy and Procedure, Cobalt strives to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to the business.
Cobalt recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensure that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking.
Quality Management Statement
Cobalt Recruitment is a consultancy specialising in the recruitment of real estate, finance, infrastructure & energy and education professionals established in 2001. We provide the following services:
- Contingency recruitment consultancy services
- Temporary and interim recruitment services
- Advertised selection recruitment services
- Retained recruitment services
- Salary surveys and market information
- Career Management services
We strive to provide our clients and candidates with services which meet and exceed their expectations. We are committed to continuous improvement and have established a Quality Management System which provides a framework for measuring and improving our performance.
Our QMS contains the following elements:
- Regular gathering and monitoring of client and candidate feedback, including complaints.
- Training of staff through in-house training programmes and in conjunction with carefully selected external providers.
- Regular management reviews with all staff, including support staff.
- Clear internal communication through a streamlined management reporting structure.
- An annual, thorough internal and external audit programme.
- Awareness and training as appropriate in relevant changes to employment and emigration legislation which affect our markets.
Our quality policy is included in the staff handbook. We require all employees to read the policy and implement it in their practices.
The Managing Director is ultimately responsible for quality but all employees are encouraged to be responsible for the quality of the service within their direct responsibility. We also have a Quality Assurance Representative based in our London office.
Our policy is reviewed annually.
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