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February 21st, 2024 · 3 min read

Diversity in the workplace statistics you need to know

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Diversity in the workplace statistics related to education

  • 92% of business leaders agree a strategic workforce education program should help an organization achieve its diversity and inclusion goals. (InStride)
  • Individuals with bachelor’s degrees will earn $400,000 more in their lifetimes than those with only high school diplomas. (College Board)
  • Black and most other minority students are less likely to graduate with a degree than white students. 54% of Asian Americans, 35% of white Americans, 15% of Hispanic Americans, and 21% of Black Americans have completed a bachelor’s or higher degree. (National Center for Education Statistics)

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  • COVID-19 has exacerbated the already uneven work equity gaps. Women’s jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to this crisis than men’s jobs. Women make up 39% of global employment but account for 54% of overall job losses. (McKinsey)
  • 69% of executives rate diversity and inclusion as an important issue. (Glassdoor)
  • 44% of Black and 61% of Hispanic individuals experienced job and wage loss throughout the pandemic. (Strada
  • Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely than white Americans to enroll in education and training programs in the coming months across learning providers. (Strada)
  • When over the age of 25, 68% of white Americans have the necessary education and skills to access most good jobs compared to only 39% of Hispanic Americans and 55% of Black Americans. (National Center for Education Statistics)

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Diversity in the workplace statistics related to company performance

  • Corporations identified as more diverse and inclusive are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors. (McKinsey)
  • Diverse companies are 70% more likely to capture new markets. (HBR)
  • Diverse teams are 87% better at making decisions. (People Management)
  • Diverse management teams lead to 19% higher revenue. (BCG)

 Gender diversity in the workplace statistics

  • 6.6% of all Fortune 500 companies have women as their CEOs. (Fortune)
  • Companies employing an equal number of men and women manage to produce up to 41% higher revenue. (Clear Company)
  • The GDP could increase 26% by equally diversifying the workforce. (McKinsey)
  • Gender-diverse companies are 15% more likely to notice higher financial returns. (McKinsey)
  • 40% of people believe there is a double standard against women. (Clear Company)
  • Only 23% of C-Suites are made up of women. (Women in the Workplace)

Importance of diversity in the workplace for job seekers statistics

  • Around 63% of employees across all generations said they prioritize DEI programs when it comes to choosing which company to work for, while 73% of Gen Z and 68% of Millennial respondents said the same. (EY)
  • 2 out of 3 job candidates seek companies that have diverse workforces. (Glassdoor)
  • 74% of millennial employees believe their organization is more innovative when it has a culture of inclusion, and 47% actively look for diversity and inclusion when sizing up potential employers. (Deloitte)

Workplace inclusivity statistics

  • 78% of employees who responded to a Harvard Business Review study said they work at organizations that lack diversity in leadership positions. (HBR)
  • 45% of American workers experienced discrimination and/or harassment in the past year. (Gallup)
  • Inclusive companies are 1.7 times more likely to be innovative. (Josh Bersin)
  • Inclusive companies get 2.3 times more cash flow per employee. (Josh Bersin)
  • Millennials are 83% more likely to be engaged at work at inclusive companies. (Deloitte)

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