David whitfield
1 min readMar 21, 2021


To recognize International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination we at HR DataHub wanted to share the importance of representation at EVERY level.

We looked at 90,000 employees from 20 companies on our HR DataHub platform. Overall representation was 14% which is in line with the 2011 Census (https://lnkd.in/ghTRFUt).

Great — so representation has been achieved and no radical changes are needed right?


When we look at where this representation sits within the company then it is very alarming. Some 70% of this representation are in the lowest paid roles (see the by grade graph) and if you add in gender then female employees of ethnic minority increases to a shocking 77%.

Companies need to look at representation at every level to make sure everyone has access to the same opportunities to fulfill their potential.

Take a look at the % of ethnic minorities identified as high potential — just 1.6% compared to 9.23% for white employees.

This looks even more disturbing when you look at the performance distribution where ethnic minorities out perform their white peers!!

HR DataHub allows you to look at representation at every level (even if you do not have a grading structure) and compare benchmark across 40+ D&I metrics.