Tech industry sheds male domination for top D&I score

work 2The technology industry might appear to be as testosterone-fuelled as the now defunct “Presidents Club Charity Dinner guest-list” but it has now been crowned the most diverse and inclusive sector in the UK, with marketing and advertising nowhere to be seen.

In order to rank the best and worst sectors for an overall employee experience, Reboot SEO Company scraped nearly 35,000 companies on Glassdoor, based on six key indicators, to discover the sector with the highest overall rating per metric reviewed.

Companies within the tech sector boast strong scores for diversity and inclusion as well as culture and values, having achieved the highest ratings for all 6 categories. With a top score of 4 out of 5, D&I are hugely important topics, as research has shown the more diverse an organisation is, the better it will perform overall.

Next up are the education sector, biotech pharmaceutical industry and healthcare industry who are on joint second with an overall score of 3.9 out of four.

The media industry is in joint fifth place with an overall score of 3.8, along with telecoms, business services, government, consumer services and finance. Advertising and marketing do not make the cut.

Earlier this year, the IPA’s Agency Census revealed ethnicity and gender diversity improving but only at the expense of huge pay gaps.

The overall number of male employees fell from an estimated 10,752 in 2020 to 10,403 in 2021, while the number of female employees increased from an estimated 11,411 in 2020 to 11,612 in 2021.

When it comes to ethnic diversity, the percentage of employees from a non-white background is estimated at 18.3%, up from 15.3% reported in 2020.

Among those member agencies providing salary breakdowns by ethnicity and seniority, an ethnicity pay gap of 21.2% in favour of white employees exists, up on the 19.5% reported in 2020. At 23.4%, the differential is higher in media agencies than it is in creative and other non-media agencies where it stands at 15.3%.

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