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Despite campaigning for gender parity for more than 100 years, the latest research shows that 54% of managers believe their industry still struggles with a lack of gender diversity.
The research, which comes from multi-discipline recruitment experts, Search Consultancy, was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents to rate how they believed their industry compared against a range of diversity markers.
The full list, from most to least diverse sectors in terms in gender representation, is:
Legal – 40%
Hospitality – 44%
Marketing – 49%
Sales – 50%
Scientific – 52%
Engineering & manufacturing – 52%
Logistics – 53%
Call & contact centre -54%
Accountancy & finance – 55%
Business support – 56%
Social work – 56%
Healthcare – 57%
Financial services – 59%
HR – 59%
Industrial – 60%
Transportation – 63%
Construction – 68%
The research also looks into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors. 60% of managers believe their industrylacked racial diversity with 48% admitting age diversity was an issue.
56% of managers also believe a more diverse workforce would help resolve the skills shortage in their sector.
Erin Vickers, Director of talent and engagement at Search Consultancy, said: “Although research shows that 73% of managers believe their industry is suffering from a skills shortage, little is being done to encourage a more diverse workforce and consequently widen the talent pool available.
“The benefits of having a diverse team are endless. Looking outside of the typical candidate demographic can help resolve the skills shortage, create a better understanding of customers and significantly improve employer brand. Now more than ever, it is time to encourage increased diversity in the workplace and help businesses grow following a very difficult 12 months.”
To read more about diversity in your sector and how it can help resolve the skills shortage, read Search Consultancy’s latest report here.