We See You. We Hear You.

Last year, we launched the sector’s very first Equality, Diversity and Inclusion survey and released a report to share our findings with you. It was very exciting and humbling to see how well it was received and how popular it became. With over 400 responses and downloads we are keen to do more and will soon be launching a fresh survey so that we can track progress made over the last 12 months. Ahead of this, I thought it would be useful to touch on some of the most interesting figures from the last survey and some of our reflections on the improvements we’ve noticed.

Some of the key points that stood out last year were:

  1. 80% of the sector’s workforce has been to university, demonstrating a lack of support and restrictions to non-grads.

  2. From all the responses, only 15% of individuals identified themselves as non-white
  3. 96% of the workforce who are earning over £60,000 identified themselves as White
  4. Over 65% of the sector prioritised the need to display all salaries on job adverts/job descriptions

Since then, through the conversations we have been having with clients and candidates, we have noticed the implementation of change and the willingness to adapt across some of the points mentioned above.

We have seen an uplift in the number of organisations using the Kickstart Scheme we recommended to support young people into employment. We are thrilled, that the introduction and advice for anonymised CVs have been so well received by organisations. We are pleased that the removal of education needs/desires on job adverts are opening up opportunities to a wider network of candidates both in and outside of the sector. We are inspired by the openness of organisations and hiring managers who are happily considering prospects from outside of the sector, whose knowledge and expertise can bring multiple benefits to an organisation looking to grow and innovate. We notice those organisations who have battled internal struggles to champion the most asked for the requirement of displaying salaries on job adverts/job descriptions.

The need for and importance of ED&I across the sector is vital and the more we speak about it, the more we can support the sector we love, to embrace the changes that it needs.

If you haven’t already, download a copy of our 2020 ED&I Report. We look forward to sharing with you the findings of our 2021 Report.