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85% of employers say diversity is a priority, but 45% have no diversity strategy, reveals Robert Walters

Recent research from Robert Walters, supported by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei), has found that while 85% of employers consider building a diverse workforce to be a priority, 46% have no strategies or programmes in place to achieve it.

There also seems to be confusion amongst the majority of employers on who is responsible for developing a diversity strategy. 56% of respondents believe that senior management should take the lead whilst 35% believe it should be an objective of the HR division.

Chris Hickey, Robert Walters CEO - UK, Middle East and Africa, commented, “A diverse workforce can deliver tangible advantages for employers in terms of productivity and innovation.” 

“While this is widely recognised, relatively few businesses are taking steps to attract candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, potentially preventing themselves from reaching highly skilled professionals and building a diverse workplace.”

The research also found that 73% of employers believe that diversity within their workforce encourages creative and innovative thinking. 67% of respondents also said that it is important that their workforce reflects the diversity of the community they operate in.

Denise Keating, CEO of Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, added, “Employers believe increasing diversity in their workforce is a priority, but few put systems in place. Most practices are simple to implement and often cost nothing but can make a huge difference to the diversity of an organisation. Research has shown that effective diversity policies have been linked to improved performance, brand awareness, and the ability to deliver better products and services through creativity and innovation.”

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