Top university students believe the UK workplace is homophobic Nuno Camara 19 Oct 2012 So So Gay A staggering 89% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people would hide their sexual orientation should the matter, hypothetically, be brought up during a job interview, and another overwhelming 84% have asserted they would struggle being ‘out’ at work- at least in their early career. This may be because 76% of all respondents in a recent Boutique Marketing study believe homophobia and racism is still rife in the UK workplace. The research, on behalf of the UK’s top equality and inclusion jobs event – the Diversity Careers Show, happening in London on Friday 19 October, at the Grand Connaught Rooms – surveyed more than two hundred students and graduates from all kinds of backgrounds, including sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender and disability with the aforementioned percentages showing only a few of the outcomes from the poll. According to the research results, the participants (all from the UK’s top 20 Russell Group Universities) have serious concerns about their diversity at interview stage and 63% of people from ethnic backgrounds believe their ethnicity could somehow affect their ability to secure a job. Another 82% of the respondents with physical disabilities are fearful that their difference would be a barrier throughout the selection and recruitment process in comparison to other candidates. The survey also reveals that 78%of final year students have strong beliefs that their diversity still is an obstacle to enter the job market, even though companies are promoting equality and inclusion within their organisations. In this respect, 68% of all respondents said organisations need to do more to narrow the equality gap. As per the results of this Boutique Marketing research, 58% of new graduates from ethnic backgrounds believe there may be issues around fitting in at their potential new job and 68% of LGBT people think that being open about their sexuality might impair their prospects for promotion. The percentage of poll respondents (new grads) that think their career paths will be more challenging because of their diversity is again quite high at 73%, and 83% of participants believe gender inequality is still rife – 58% of these are male. For more information on the study visit the Boutique Marketing website.