By ZEN TERRELONGE
Originally published: June 14, 2017
The workforce diversity findings come from Aldermore as part of the bank’s SME Future Attitudes report.
It was found that 26 per cent of SMEs do not plan on evolving workforce diversity over the next year, while 22 per cent said it was a low priority.
According to the research, the top reason for disregarding workforce diversity is that the team is “too small to be considered diverse” with 56 per cent.
Elsewhere, 24 per cent of respondents said they’re likely to employ someone like their existing recruits. Suggesting workforce diversity was an industry issue though, 19 per cent said applicants in the sector do not come from diverse backgrounds.