The Abrivia 2017 Salary survey asked Irish based companies what they considered the biggest challenge to diversity in the workplace. Over 34% cited the lack of gender diversity as the biggest challenge. 23% cited the lack of race diversity and 20% cited the lack of age diversity as the biggest challenge. A mere 13% cited the lack of diversity of sexual orientation as the biggest challenge to diversity in their workplace. Overall 42% of employers felt the importance of diversity in the workplace had increased over the past year. Of this 42%, 8% felt the importance of diversity had increased significantly.
The survey also asked companies how comfortable they felt senior management were with increased diversity in the workplace. 8% felt that their senior management were very uncomfortable around increased diversity in the workplace. However, 40% of companies surveyed stated that they were very comfortable with diversity and 38% classified themselves as being “comfortable with diversity”.
However, on the employee side of the survey the results were slightly different. A lack of race diversity was cited by 30% of employees as the biggest challenge to diversity in their workplace. This was then followed by gender diversity, at 29%. A number of respondents added the comment that there was a lack of gender diversity at senior levels of their organisations.
“On this, International Women’s Day, it is heartening to see that gender diversity in the workplace is a major concern for both employers and employees alike in the Irish employment landscape”
Fiona Donegan …Director of Technology Services