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SME Data Hub

Each quarter 1,000 UK SME owners across a range of sectors, regions and sizes, are surveyed by specialist independent researcher, Kantar, on Close Brothers’ behalf.

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Diversity in the workplace



of UK SMEs are finding it difficult to fill existing vacancies as they don’t get enough interest from ‘minority’ candidates


Published August 2019

The UK’s SMEs strongly believed that having a diverse workforce is both beneficial to their bottom line and makes it easier to attract candidates. Over 70% of respondents agreed that diversity is good for their financial performance, contrasted to only 18% who did not; the remaining 11% were ‘unsure’. The benefits of having a diverse workforce was also well understood, with 64% of the opinion it made their business more attractive to candidates. 


Is your business actively working to make the workforce more diverse? Select all that apply

yes 61.3%
no 30.4%
Unsure 8.2%

What is the main reason why your business is actively working to make the workforce more diverse? Select all that apply

Because it's the right thing to do 59.6%
Because it reflects our customers 26.3%
Because it reflects our community 13%
Unsure 1.1%

What is the main reason your business is not actively working to make the workforce more diverse?

Because it doesn't matter - the ability to do the job well matters most 75.2%
Because it does not reflect our customers 8.8%
Because it does not reflect our community 5.8%
Unsure 7.3%
Prefer not to say 2.9%

Does the following statement reflect your firm’s definition of Diversity and Inclusion: “Diversity is the mix, and Inclusion is getting the mix to work well together”

yes 65.9%
no 19.4%
Unsure 14.7%
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