Diversity and inclusion statistics 2022

Today many companies regard diversity and inclusion as a competitive advantage. This is a far cry from the past where workplace D&I initiatives were often looked down upon and perhaps even seen as having a potentially negative impact on the business.

However, it is now proven that there is a statistically significant correlation between having higher levels of diversity in company leadership and an increase in profitability when compared against relevant industry competitors.

So what do the stats say?


Diversity & Inclusion statistics

  • Diversity & inclusion is an important factor for the majority of today’s candidates: 76% report that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers (Glassdoor)
  • 57% of employers say they have updated their recruitment strategies to build a more diverse workforce (Myshortlister)
  • In a survey by Monster, 30% of companies revealed that they don’t have any form of D&I strategy in place (Monster)
  • Diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions (PPM)
  • In the UK 78% of white people were employed, compared to 66% of people from all other ethnic groups combined (GOV)
  • At the end of 2020, just 3.5% of leaders in the FTSE 100 were from ethnic minorities, down from 7% in 2019 and 8% in 2018 (Green Park, 2021).
  • Companies that have a diversity and inclusion policy but do not provide evidence of a diverse and inclusive workplace are viewed more negatively by minority groups (Wilton, 2020)
  • Diverse leadership and management have been shown to improve company revenue by around 19% (InStride)
  • 35% of HR leaders say diversity, equity, and inclusion are among their top five priorities for 2022 (Gartner)
  • Only 47% of managers feel prepared to have conversations about race with employees (Gallup)
  • Social mobility is still lacking. 60% of respondents in professional and managerial positions come from a white professional background. With only 34% coming from an ethnic minority and low socio economic background (KPMG)
  • Almost 70% of companies say that the work employees do to promote DEI is very or extremely critical (Mckinsey)
  • 34% of employees have received antiracism training in the past year (Mckinsey)
  • 70% of companies think that remote work will allow them to increase diversity in their hiring (Mckinsey)
  • Millennials are 83% more likely to be engaged at work at inclusive companies (Deloitte)

Gender diversity stats

  • 73% of senior business leaders say they are highly committed to gender diversity, and close to 50% say they are actively working to improve gender diversity (Mckinsey)
  • 87% of companies say they are highly committed to gender diversity vs 56% in 2012 (Mckinsey)
  • Women occupy just 20% of board seats globally (Deloitte)
  • Companies with female CEOs have significantly more diverse boards than those run by men – 33% women versus 19% (Deloitte)
  • Over 40% of board seats among French companies are now occupied by women (Deloitte)
  • Black women continue to be underrepresented in leadership roles across the UK workforce, with 92% calling for systemic change (LSE, 2020)
  • Blind applications lead to between 25 – 46% more women being selected (Bulitin)
  • Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to notice higher financial returns. (McKinsey)

LGBTdiversity stats

  • 31% of LGBT respondents reported that they have experienced discrimination or harassment within the past five years (Williams Institute)
  • 63% of LGBT employees of color said that religion was a motivating factor in their experiences of workplace discrimination compared to 49% of white LGBT employees (Williams Institute)
  • Nearly half (48%) of transgender employees reported experiencing discrimination (being fired or not hired) based compared to 27% of LGB employees (Williams Institute)
  • 67% of LGBT employees reported that they have heard negative comments, slurs, or jokes about LGBTQ people at work (Williams Institute)

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