Global research shows that Britain is behind the curve with diversity, equality and inclusion

At a time when many organisations are looking to increase diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace, new data reveals that more than one in five people in the UK have faced discrimination in the workplace because of their identity – the equivalent of 7.3 million employees.

Global research amongst nearly 5,000 consumers across the US and Europe (UK, France, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands), reveals that the UK fares better than the five other countries surveyed. On average, 28% of people felt they had experienced discrimination, with the most people affected in the US (33%) and Sweden (32%). However, the picture looks much different within under-represented groups. In the UK, 45% of people from a Black background, 41% of people from an Asian background, and around a third of people who belong to the LGBTQIA+ community say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace, showing that under-represented groups have very different experiences.

Despite efforts from employers and the Government, more than two in five UK employees agree that there are inequalities in pay and promotion within their organisation. People from a Black background are also more than twice as likely as the UK average (58% versus 24%) to declare that they have been overlooked for a promotion.

With nearly a quarter of UK employees reporting that they have left a role or are considering doing so in the near future because they do not feel comfortable expressing their views, employers could be at risk of losing staff. Encouraging inclusivity might be one step to retaining key staff!

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