A recent Indeed report has unveiled some concerning numbers: only 13% of job posts mention any kind of efforts towards diversity, equality, and inclusion. The industries most likely to not engage? Retail, hospitality, and personal care.
Indeed analysed millions of jobs advertised across its platform for explicit mentions of phrases like “we are an equal opportunities employer” or “we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds”. It found that while there had been a 2% rise in the number of job descriptions using such language, only one in eight listings actually did.
Office and managerial jobs, education and tech jobs were most likely to promote diversity in their job descriptions while those in retail, hospitality and personal care tended not to. The job most likely to promote diversity and inclusion in their descriptions was that of a lecturer (48% of jobs) while barbers were least likely (0.1%).
One of the reasons why jobs like baristas, bar staff, dental nurses or optometrists are at the low end of the scale could be that many of those jobs are at small and medium-sized businesses, whereas diversity statements appear to be more of a priority for larger organisations with bigger recruitment needs.
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