Written Thursday 12th January 2023

Diversity & Inclusion Workplace Statistics in 2023

2023 is here – and with every new year comes the annual pledges towards improving diversity and inclusion. But, while goals are being set for the year, what is the current reality for diversity in the workplace as of 2023?

Below you will find statistics from Gender, Ethnicity, LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity and Social Class on how they are treated in companies and organisations across the UK and US, based on recent studies (all sources are listed at the bottom of this blog).

Diversity & Inclusion: Gender

  • 2/3 of women under 30 would be more interested in advancing if they saw senior leaders with the work-life balance they want
  • For every 100 men who are promoted from entry level to manager, only 87 women are promoted, and only 82 women of colour are promoted
  • Only 1 in 4 C-suite leaders is a woman, and only 1 in 20 is a woman of colour
  • Women in technical roles are twice as likely as women overall to say they are frequently the only woman in the room at work
  • Women are paid 70p for every £1 men earn at startups in the UK

Diversity & Inclusion: Race

  • 1 in 3 Black women leaders says they’ve been denied or passed over for opportunities because of personal characteristics, including their race and gender
  • Latinas and Asian women are more likely than likely than white women of other races and ethnicities to have colleagues comment on their culture or nationality
  • Young Black men face some of the highest unemployment rates in London at 33% compared to 15% for young white men
  • Almost half (47%) of all workers have never been managed by someone of BAME background
  • Black founders raised just 0.25% of all funding in the last decade

Diversity & Inclusion: LGBTQ+

  • 75% of LGBTQ+ founders conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity from investors, with 18% of those saying they did so because they were concerned it would hurt their fundraising efforts
  • Lesbian founders raise 22x less than gay founders
  • 46% of LGBT workers have experienced unfair treatment at work at one point in their lives
  • Transgender employees make 32% less per year than their cisgender counterparts
  • LGBTQ+ senior leaders are more likely (80%) to be out at work than junior employees (32%)

Diversity & Inclusion: Neurodiversity

  • In the US, 85% of people on the autism spectrum are unemployed, compared to 4.2% of the overall population
  • Over half of autistics (60%), dyspraxics (55%) and dyscalculics (53%) reported that people in their workplace behave in a way that excludes neurodivergent colleagues
  • Only 27% say they were certain that appropriate references to Neurodiversity were included in their diversity and inclusion policies
  • Professionals in JP Morgan’s Autism at Work initiative made fewer errors and were 90% to 140% more productive than neurotypical employees
  • 45% of people with autism have lost or left their jobs because of the challenges they face

Diversity & Inclusion: Social Class

  • U.S. workers from lower social class backgrounds are 32% less likely to become managers than are people from higher backgrounds
  • Managers may view employees from lower social class backgrounds as less competent and less of a fit with the culture of the organisation
  • Candidates who list themselves as coming from lower-class backgrounds bring home about $4,000 less per year than their middle-class counterparts and $8,000 less than those with upper-class status
  • Workers within a company from lower socio-economic backgrounds took on average 19% longer to progress to the next grade
  • People from working-class backgrounds are less likely to receive a callback for an elite job

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