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Top university students believe the UK workplace is homophobic

Top university students believe the UK workplace is homophobic

by Nuno Camara19 Oct 2012
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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.

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34 comments
SocialistHealth
SocialistHealth

@SoSoGay They don't know what it used to be like. Problem hasn't gone away, but much abated.

NaomiClareNL
NaomiClareNL

@TransMediaWatch If being trans it is not required for the job I will not disclose it. Don't get the opportunity,I have transition from hell

Kupyer
Kupyer

@TransMediaWatch After my last job, yes. I've also been discouraged from applying for a job because I'm trans. Wish it wasn't so.

ThatSabineGirl
ThatSabineGirl

.@TransMediaWatch Wouldn't hide it, but I'm not telling them either. Is gay person applying "hiding it" if they don't state they're gay?

andreimuri
andreimuri

@AAEmmerson after 1 month, got an email from a senior person w/ pic of a gorgeous guy + comment “he used to work here”

_odraciR
_odraciR

@SoSoGay (There are 24 universities in the Russell Group.)

andreimuri
andreimuri

@AAEmmerson in the interviews me too. afterwards I’m not saying anything… but at my previous internships people figured out :P

geekofhearts
geekofhearts

@christineburns surely it's an illegal question?

Tabby_MUA
Tabby_MUA

@TransMediaWatch Seeing as I'm under threat of redundancy I'll probably find out the answer soon enough.

geekylou
geekylou

@TransMediaWatch I never mention it during interviews.

MissCassHoskins
MissCassHoskins

@TransMediaWatch I'm out at work and know plenty of transwomen who are. Not sure I'd put my trans status on a job application though

ctonry
ctonry

@TransMediaWatch I did prior to full time transition when working as a teacher (was myself at home but still pretending to be a guy at work)

dearGBF
dearGBF

@SoSoGay Were the remaining 24% straight, white men perchance?