Reporting on diversity is tricky for small organisations. Percentages can be misleading when a single hire or departure can shift the proportions in a category by 5 or 10 percent. And you need to be careful about what you’re publishing when percentages on charts might represent a single individual, you risk breaching confidences. Typically, as well, small organisations don’t have HR departments, there’s no one with specific training in what ‘diversity’ questions to ask and how to ask them.
Nevertheless we think it’s important to start monitoring our diversity and equally important for us to share what we can. That report is below. We’re afraid there aren’t any fancy bar charts, there’s not enough data to require them. There’s also a brief note on our method.
Doing this has made us wonder whether there’s a way we can join with other organisations to make this stuff easier for us all, perhaps we can share tools and techniques and create a useful set of comparison data. We’re going to look into that and write more soon.
If you’re interested in joining in, please get in touch.
What have we learned from the data?
We need to be more diverse. We’re doing better than some in some areas; our creative department, for instance, is 40% women, but even that’s not the 50% it should be and that’s a highlight. We’re too male, too white, and too heterogeneous. We need to fix that. That will be part of our growth plan and we will report on our progress here.
Diversity at BETC London March 2017
(We’ve rounded all the figures so they may add up to more than 100%)
60% of us are men, 40% are women.
33%of the senior management is female (ie there are two men and one woman)
More than half of us (57%) are between 25 and 34. 22% are 35-44, 13% are 16-24, 8% are 45-54.
We have no staff who would be defined as disabled according to the 2010 Equality Act and no one with a long-term health problem.
We are 57% white (of various British origins) and 26% white (from non-British origins). We’re 5% Black British, 5% Arab and 9% from mixed/multiple ethnic background.
48% of us went to a state school, 26% attended school outside the UK, 26% went to a fee-paying school.
78% of us went to university and 43% of us were part of the first generation in their family to do so.
22% of us are primary or secondary carers for children. (So we’re pretty committed to be a family-friendly place to work)
Note on method
We did this by sending round a Google Forms questionnaire which you can see here (https://goo.gl/forms/y7gTtrsqMuSJHjxn1). It’s based on this one (https://www.sra.org.uk/documents/SRA/equality-diversity/example-diversity-questionnaire.doc)(WARNING – Word doc) from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. They seem like the kind of organisation that would have thought this stuff through. If you’d like to use our questionnaire for your study please feel free. Get in touch and we’ll share it.