Almost half of Black employees ‘have left job due to lack of diversity’

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New research has suggested that four in ten (42 percent) black employees have resigned from their jobs, citing a lack of workplace diversity and inclusion, compared to only 26 percent of white employees.

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The report by Savanta’s Diversity and Inclusion team also found that three in ten black workers feel discriminated against by their employer (28 percent compared to 25 percent for white employees).

The proportion of employed adults who feel discriminated against at work rises to a third (32 percent) of Asian workers.


Black Lives Matter protests took place across the world, including the UK, in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in the service of US police officer Derek Chauvin in May 2020.

A mass count took place around race, with many organizations in the public and private sector issuing public statements of solidarity with the anti-racist movement and accelerating efforts to improve diversity and inclusion.

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Overall, three in ten employees said that their employer had informed them that their organization supported the BLM movement (30 percent), with one in five (22 percent) reporting that their employer had taken up the matter. issued a statement addressing

However, three out of ten employees say their employers did not take any measures to address the BLM agitation (28 percent).

Commenting on the findings, Tania Findlay, Senior Research Advisor and Member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion at Sawant, said: “Sawant is proud to have completed such an important research, but it is clear that there is still a lot of work to do. left to go. Within UK businesses and brands.

“While it is encouraging that a significant proportion of employers have taken action to support the BLM movement, to learn that two out of five black workers have left their jobs due to a lack of D&I, the consequences of inaction. A sad reminder of

“We hope this report will inform other companies about the possible consequences of not taking this issue seriously and implementing real change.”

Market researchers spoke with 1,500 working UK adults made up of 500 white respondents, 500 black respondents and 500 Asian or other ethnic minority respondents to understand their experiences in the workplace as well as how they interact with brands .

In related news, it comes after Prince’s responsible business network, Business in the Community (BITC), published a 2021 Race at Work survey this week that found that black candidates are less likely to believe that they are accepted by recruiting agencies. Being treated fairly.

In a survey of more than 24,600 people, the BITC found that only three in 10 of black, Asian, mixed race and ethnically diverse employees said they believed that when working with a recruiting agency. They are treated fairly, while 10 out of 10 white people are treated fairly.

A recent analysis of ONS data by the Trade Union Congress found that the unemployment rate for black and minority ethnic workers has risen at three times the pace of the unemployment rate for white workers.

The analysis shows that the BME unemployment rate increased from 6.3 percent to 8.9 percent between the first quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 41 percent.

Furthermore, according to WorkL, a consultancy firm founded by former Waitrose boss Mark Price, an ethnicity gap has been found between white and non-white workers, who have formerly been significantly happier at work during the pandemic.

A survey of 20,000 people around the world found that black women are least likely to be empowered at work and that black men are least happy at work compared to their white counterparts.


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