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New Investors in People Report Suggests Workplace Gender Discrimination in Manchester



15
Apr

Over 80 per cent of employees in full time employment in Manchester believe gender discrimination is still present in the workplace, according to a new poll commissioned by people management experts Investors in People.

As Investors in People (IIP) calls for greater diversity in the workplace, the study has revealed that over one third of employees in Manchester (35 per cent) think they may have experienced discrimination in the work place due to their gender.

The study reveals the far reaching impact of gender discrimination, as almost a quarter (21 per cent) of workers believing it has had a negative effect on their career, with 13 per cent considering leaving a job because of it. A fifth (20 per cent) believe it has impacted their pay and 19 per cent have been put off having a child due to the perceived career limitations it would have.

Valerie Todd CBE, Director of Talent at Crossrail and Chair of IIP, comments:

"The fact that so many employees believe gender discrimination is still so prevalent in today’s business world is very concerning. It is up to leaders to help change both perception and the reality of discrimination; an inclusive culture is fundamental to success for any organisation.

"For a business to outperform others it must reflect the community and market it operates in or risk being out of touch. The research clearly shows that many businesses have a long way to go in fostering such an environment."

When looking at the UK as a whole, IIP’s poll shows this inequality is more acutely perceived by younger generations, especially the 18-24s. Over a half (54 per cent) of 18-24s believe they have been discriminated against while employed because of their gender, compared to the average of 44 per cent; 27 per cent think gender discrimination has impaired their career, compared to 23 per cent on average.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, says:

"The level of perceived gender discrimination our report has uncovered is worryingly high. We need to make sure we don’t accept the status quo and 2015 is the year to make it happen.

"While over 80 per cent of employees in Manchester believe discrimination by gender is still prevalent, only 35 per cent said that more needs to be done to remove it.

"Our work is key in improving diversity in the workplace, something we achieve by encouraging empowerment, diversity and leadership through our updated management Standard launching this year."

Whilst there is still much that needs to be done, the majority of full-time employees in Manchester do believe that the situation is improving, with two thirds (67 per cent) saying gender discrimination is reducing.

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