For Pride Month, our resident Adzuna data gurus analyzed nearly 9.7 million job vacancies across 10 different countries that host major Pride celebrations to reveal the cities and countries most inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. We’ve also taken a look at inclusivity within the US by comparing states and sectors. Here’s what we found.
Seattle is the most inclusive city for LGBTQ+ jobseekers in the US, beating San Francisco, New York and Chicago
72% of job ads in Seattle (representing 24,527 openings) are inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community, meaning they actively promote diversity in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation. This makes the city significantly more inclusive than Chicago (39%), Washington DC (34%), San Francisco (32%) and New York City (24%). Seattle has the 3rd largest LGBTQ+ community in the US, after San Francisco and Boston.
Internationally, Seattle ranks 3rd for LGBTQ+ job ad inclusivity, behind German cities Cologne (87%) and Berlin (81%).
Washington is the most LGBTQ+ friendly state; Oklahoma is least inclusive
Washington tops the list as the most inclusive state with 51% of job ads (98,502 roles) actively promoting LGBTQ+ diversity in the workplace, followed by Rhode Island (42%), Arizona (41%) and Massachusetts (40%).
The states with the most work still to do to improve inclusivity are Oklahoma (17%), Texas (18%) and Louisiana (18%).
Table 1: The Most LGBTQ+ Inclusive Hiring States in the US
|State||% of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21||Total LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21|
Science & Quality Assurance is the most LGBTQ+ inclusive sector
The research also shows Science & QA is the most LGBTQ+ inclusive US industry with 50% of job ads actively promoting diversity in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation (39,024 job ads). IT is second, with 43% of vacancies equalling 231,848 job ads actively promoting inclusivity. This is helped by the high proportion of tech vacancies in the San Francisco area, an area with a well-established LGBTQ+ community. Engineering also ranks highly with 42% of job ads promoting inclusivity.
Table 2: Top 10 Most LGBTQ+ Inclusive Hiring Sectors in the US
|Sector||% of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21||Total LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21|
|Science & QA||49.8%||39,024|
|Accounting & Finance||37.2%||65,196|
|Logistics & Warehouse||37.2%||383,988|
|Healthcare & Nursing||19.9%||153,064|
|Hospitality & Catering||16.7%||67,134|
The US needs to do more to be LGBTQ+ inclusive
Overall, 27% of US job ads actively promote inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community, behind Germany, New Zealand and Australia but ahead of the UK and others.
Clearly, there’s room for many more US employers to show open support to the LGBTQ+ community throughout the hiring process and to create more inclusive work environments. It’s worth noting many employers are welcoming to LGBTQ+ workers but haven’t updated their job ads to reflect this; adding inclusive language or a diversity statement is a simple step to encourage applications from minority groups.
Table 3: The US Versus Other Countries
|Country||% of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21|
Tips for checking if an employer is LGBTQ+ inclusive
- Look for a statement of support – Job ads are a great place to start. Many employers encourage applications from diverse candidates via a short written statement. Others may have diversity and inclusion statements published on their websites or career pages.
- Check their social media profiles – Check out a company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and look to see if they’re talking about events like Pride on their social media channels. The most inclusive employers make an effort to celebrate big events in the calendar publicly, whether that’s by talking to their own LGBTQ+ communities, organizing their own Pride celebrations, or in other ways.
- Ask if they have a LGBTQ+ champion – If the answer is yes, this could be a great person to answer any questions you may have around company culture.
- Scrutinize HR policy – You can tell a lot from how a company words their policies and whether they use gender neutral language, (e.g. partner, parent or spouse over wife or father) and if they include policies such as adoption leave.
And most importantly – trust your gut. It’s so important to choose an employer where you will be happy, accepted, and able to be yourself.
That’s it, folks. Happy Pride! Look out for more insights from us throughout the month!
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