The survey was conducted with 1,000 managers and asked respondents to rate how they believed their industry compared against a range of diversity markers.
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The full list, from most to least diverse in terms in gender representation, is:
- legal – 40%
- hospitality – 44%
- marketing – 49%
- sales – 50%
- scientific – 52%
- engineering & manufacturing – 52%
- logistics – 53%
- call & contact centre – 54%
- accountancy & finance – 55%
- business support – 56%
- social work – 56%
- healthcare – 57%
- financial services – 59%
- hr – 59%
- industrial – 60%
- transportation – 63%
- construction – 68%.
The research also looked into racial and age diversity within businesses across the sectors.
Some 56% of managers in the construction industry believe their business lacked racial diversity, with 54% admitting age diversity was an issue.
Two-thirds (66%) of managers also believe a more diverse workforce would help resolve the skills shortage in the construction industry.
Erin Vickers, director of talent and engagement at Search Consultancy, said: “The benefits of having a diverse team are endless.
“Looking outside of the typical candidate demographic can help resolve the skills shortage, create a better understanding of customers and significantly improve employer brand.
“Now more than ever, it is time to encourage increased diversity in the workplace and help businesses grow following a very difficult 12 months.”