IT SMEs value diversity

Two thirds of SMEs working in IT believe they employ a diverse workforce.


New research  by Opinium commissioned by specialist bank Aldermore Group, has found that  69% of senior decision makers in the IT sector believe they have a diverse workforce, with 45% aiming to focus on improving diversity over the next 12 months.

Diversity covers several factors including wide employee age range (57%), an ethnically diverse employee base (57%), employing diversity initiatives (42%) or actively working to create an inclusive environment for LGBT employees (39%). Further to this, over a third (35%) say they are willing to make adjustments to ensure that any disabled employees were not at a disadvantage.


Diverse workforces open up a number of opportunities, over half (55%) of IT SMEs said they would be more likely to do business with another company known for its inclusive employment strategies.


However, not everyone is open to diversity. A fifth (19%) said they had no intention of working to become more diverse over the next 12 months, with a further 17% making this as a low priority. Reasons for this lack of openness include a difficulty finding candidates from diverse backgrounds within the IT sector (24%), difficulty in finding candidates for senior roles (20%) and struggling to attract a diverse range of candidates (13%).


Read more about this research here.