As many as 41% of staffing firms do not record data on their own workplace demographics, finds latest research from the APSCo and REC.
Surveying both corporate and individual representatives across the recruitment sector, the report found that many firms admitted that they felt unable to track this type of information due to being ‘too small of an organisation’ (38%) or they just hadn’t considered it (26%).
Although respondents generally agreed that a culture of diversity and inclusivity does exist within recruitment, there was far greater uncertainty about staff having access to equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) training and whether their business had an active and evidenced ED&I programme.
Ann Swain, Chief Executive of Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), commented on the findings, “When we first embarked on this collaborative research, our hope had been to identify what the current make-up of the recruitment sector looked like, any discrepancies between corporate and individual views, and where diversity may be ‘lacking’. What we found, though, was a more pressing issue: a lack of information. Without a clear and honest picture of your workforce, it will be difficult for staffing companies to identify where there are gaps or what demographics are currently under-represented.
“However, while we might not be where we’d like to when it comes to being able to identify the demographic balance in the recruitment world, now is the time to commit to driving true diversity – starting with accurate and essential record-keeping. There are restrictions on what employers can and can’t ask staff and how recruitment businesses approach the tracking of sensitive personal data will require careful management and guidance. Through APSCo Embrace – an all-encompassing Equality, Diversity & Inclusion member service which includes a number of different strands to support recruitment firms with their own ED&I approaches – we will be working closely with our members to help them navigate the diversity landscape.”