Nearly two-thirds of British LGBTI people say they will quit their jobs within three years due to lack of diversity in the workplace, according to a global study.
In a study collecting responses from 16,500 people in a range of industries across 14 countries, 63% of LGBTI Brits said they would seek employment elsewhere. This is compared to 53% of straight, white men.
The survey, created by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), included 1650 LGBTI people.
This has caused concern as workplace diversity campaigns are increasingly common in British industry. However, 45% of workers in Britain responded to the survey said the companies made no progress on the issue in recent years.
Speaking to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Elliot Vaughn, BCG partner and co-author of the report, said: ‘The worrying thing is that while 98% of firms offer diversity and inclusion programs, three-quarters of staff are not indicating that they are seeing any personal benefit.
‘People are looking for a workplace free of bias, which is not that much to ask for.’
This comes in the same week as another study finds more than half of gay British men have experienced discrimination in the workplace.
According to the Chappy Report UK, 2018 – which surveyed over 500 gay British men – 54% of those surveyed said they experienced discrimination in the workplace as a result of their sexuality.
Moreover, 50% did not report workplace discrimination to someone in the workplace.
Investigated by Bumble’s gay dating app Chappy, the report found that 66% of industries are considered to be on a spectrum from homophobic to neutral towards the gay community.