Lever Report shows how DEI impacts hiring throughout the recruitment lifecycle

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lever, an Employ Inc. brand and leading talent acquisition suite, today released the 2022 DEI through the Recruiting Lifecycle Reporthighlighting how Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) impacts the employee lifecycle from initial hire to long-term employment.

This insightful report finds that many candidates experience prejudice during the hiring process, with 50% of employees believing that their race, gender or ethnicity prevented them from securing a job. Black (59%), Asian (59%), and Hispanic (50.5%) employees reported hiring bias more often than White employees (46%). The report also shows that 62% of employees believe they were interviewed for a job solely to enable the company to meet diversity requirements. This is especially true for Hispanic (71%) and Black employees (71%). Employer data also supports this view, with 66% of employers acknowledging that candidates are interviewed to meet diversity quotas.

“DEI has come to the fore for many companies, and while numerous organizations are making positive progress, employees and candidates are still uncertain about bringing their true selves to work,” said Jessica Green, SVP, Customer Success at Lever. “Employers need to re-evaluate their DEI efforts to ensure their policies make employees and candidates feel included, welcome, and comfortable. One-off DEI initiatives are not enough for employees or candidates, and inclusive and equitable practices need to be embedded into the fabric of the organization.”

Other findings from the report include:

  • Workers and employers agree that there are discrimination and prejudice issues in their organizations

    • 46% of employees believe their company discriminates or is biased in the workplace, and 51% of employers agree.

      – Millennials (47%) and Gen Xers (47%) are most likely to think their organization has an issue of discrimination or bias.

    • 40% of employees have felt discriminated against at their company based on race, gender or ethnicity.

      – Hispanic employees (51.5%) were the most likely to have felt discriminated against, followed by Asian employees (46%), Black employees (36%) and White employees (36%).

  • DEI is an important part of the recruitment and hiring process

    • 81% of candidates check a company’s website for their position on DEI before applying.

    • 71% review job postings to ensure inclusive language is used.

    • 32% of employees think their company is less diverse than it appeared during the hiring process.

    • 44% of employees feel that they are overly advertised on company materials because of their gender, ethnicity or race, making their company appear more diverse.

  • Employers think they are doing enough, but many employees believe DEI is just a check box for their company

    • 50% of employees believe DEI is important to their organization and 39% believe their organization sees DEI as a check box.

    • 54% of employers have increased investment in DEI over the past year, while 28% of employer investment in DEI has remained the same.

To learn more about Lever 2022 DEI through the recruitment lifecycledownload the full report here.

About Employ Inc.

Employ Inc. empowers companies of all sizes to solve their toughest recruiting and talent acquisition challenges. Employ offers a combination of purpose-built, intelligent technologies, services and industry expertise, providing SMBs for global enterprises with a single solution for recruiting and building a diverse workforce. Through its RPO brands JazzHR, Lever, Jobvite and NXTThing, Employ serves more than 18,000 customers across all industries. Visit www.employinc.com for more information.


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