The data analysed by Ernst & Young (EY), to be used as an industry benchmark going forward, shows that currently nearly half of SMEs in the UK’s property industry are not monitoring the gap between male and female pay; that ethnic minorities continue to be underrepresented – 23% of respondents who provided data disclosed having a workforce of greater than 90% white/white British; and that leadership in the sector is still also predominantly white and male. 77% of firms who disclosed leadership gender data reported that less than 30% of their leadership are female and 57% of respondents who provided leadership ethnicity data reported to have a 100% white British leadership.
Data was provided to RICS by firms signed up to RICS’ Inclusive Employer Quality Mark during their yearly self-assessment.
In the summer of 2016, RICS said it will be launching an online platform to support firms in closing the gaps identified. The platform will be based on the six principles and will offer a space for sharing best practice and learning from case studies. It will also include opportunities including relevant training, events and awards.
RICS has a duty and an ambition to be a catalyst for change across the industry,” said Amanda Clack FRICS, RICS President. “We need to support firms, offering advice and guidance. This is what the IEQM and the results of this report provide. Through this ground-breaking document, we have the first unique insight into what is actually happening within our workforces – and this evidence will help us work together to foster positive change.”