Organisations are failing to collect data on ethnicity and disability says EHRC

In response to the EHRC report on organisations failing to collect data on progression of ethnic minority and disabled staff at work, Sandra Kerr, race equality director, Business in the Community, said:

"The Equality and Human Rights Commission research reveals that only 3% of organisations measure their ethnicity or disability pay gaps and even when employers are reporting on staff recruitment, retention and promotion by ethnicity and disability it is inconsistent. Mandatory reporting would remove the barriers to progression and help make the step change that is needed for BAME people and those with disabilities to thrive at work." 

Business in the Community will be publishing our Race at Work survey in the autumn. This major piece of research, surveying over 22,000 people aims to highlight the key issues around race in the workplace. 

 

The EHRC report warns that jobs for ethnic minority and disabled people are at risk due to a  lack of reporting on staff recruitment, retention and promotion and has shared a call to action for the mandatory reporting on these statistics by organisations with over 250 employees. 

The research found that whilst a clear majority (77%) of employers say that ensuring workforce diversity is a priority for their organisation:

  • less than half (44%) record or collect data on whether employees are disabled or not
  • only one-third (36%) record or collect data on employee ethnicity
  • even fewer (23%) collect data on staff pay and progression that can be broken down by ethnicity and disabled and non-disabled staff
  • only 3% of organisations actually analyse this data to explore differences in pay and progression between different ethnicities and disabled and non-disabled staff