It is thought that many employers in the UK are failing to effectively promote diversity in the workplace despite long established equality legislation and a supposed culture of diversity at work.
The results of a new survey found that six in ten respondents either did not have a diverse workforce in place or were unsure as to whether or not they did.
This is indicative of a general lack of diversity in many workplaces, emphasised by the fact that over a third (36 per cent) stated that diversity is not a priority. However, four ten agreed that diversity is a "big priority" in the workplace.
Rob Brouwer, chief executive of Monster UK and Ireland, highlighted the benefits afforded by encouraging a diverse workplace.
"People from different backgrounds provide the workforce with a broader skill set and cultural differences in practice and enables you to select from a bigger pool of candidates," he told Personnel Today.
Last year the government announced a £10 million initiative designed to get more women into traditionally male-dominated industries.