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110 years after International Women’s Day began – gender diversity is still an issue in the workplace

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.