LGBT+ Workplace Monitor

Article

LGBT+ Workplace Monitor 2022

How proud can we be at work?

What is the state of LGBT+ workplace inclusion? The LGBT+ Workplace Monitor, built in cooperation between Workplace Pride and Deloitte, connects publicly-available data sets and aims to answer exactly that question. The Monitor allows benchmarking, comparisons, and insights on LGBT+ workplace topics across Europe.

Monitor connects different research findings to provide insights

Many organisations, both public and private, are doing a great job of collecting and analysing data about LGBT+ * issues and inclusivity in the workplace. The LGBT+ Workplace Monitor includes data from surveys conducted by ILGA Europe, FRA (EU Fundamental Rights Agency), IPSOS and Eurobarometer. 

The Monitor looks at four main indicators: openness at work, recruitment and retention, workplace wellbeing and workplace protection. It challenges the reader to think about what the results mean for them as a member (or supporter) of the LGBT+ community and for their organisation. Ultimately, we hope that the insights help to improve LGBT+ inclusivity in the workplace. 

The interactive dashboard on the Workplace Pride website allows you to browse through the data or to dive into more detail. Note that the Monitor will evolve as more sources of quality pan-European data are made available. We look forward to receiving any suggestions for additional sources of data, filling in key data gaps. 

Monitor connects different research findings to provide insights

Many organisations, both public and private, are doing a great job of collecting and analysing data about LGBT+ * issues and inclusivity in the workplace. The LGBT+ Workplace Monitor includes data from surveys conducted by ILGA Europe, FRA (EU Fundamental Rights Agency), IPSOS and Eurobarometer. 

The Monitor looks at four main indicators: openness at work, recruitment and retention, workplace wellbeing and workplace protection. It challenges the reader to think about what the results mean for them as a member (or supporter) of the LGBT+ community and for their organisation. Ultimately, we hope that the insights help to improve LGBT+ inclusivity in the workplace. 

The interactive dashboard on the Workplace Pride website allows you to browse through the data or to dive into more detail. Note that the Monitor will evolve as more sources of quality pan-European data are made available. We look forward to receiving any suggestions for additional sources of data, filling in key data gaps. 

Workplace openness

The first indicator looks at how open LGBT+ persons are about their sexual orientation to direct colleagues, clients, or heads of a department. Note that workplace openness is different from being out – it is about the extent to which employees can be open about their sexuality in the workplace.

Across Europe, more and more LGBT+ professionals are starting to be open about their sexual orientation in the workplace. Around three-quarters (72%) are open about being LGBT+ with at least one or more colleague. However, some countries still have much room for improvement – in some cases 90% of LGBT+ persons are not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work.

Explore the data

Browse through the combined datasets on the Workplace Pride website

Open the LGBT+ Workplace Monitor

Workplace recruitment and retention

Are people losing or leaving jobs because of their sexual orientation or a lack of equality at work? Around 76% of the respondents find that one’s sexual orientation and gender identity do not put a candidate at a disadvantage. However, in a quarter of job interviews, one’s gender identity (being transgender) or sexual orientation (being gay, lesbian, or bisexual) does potentially create a bias between two candidates of otherwise equal skills and qualifications. In Denmark, people experienced the least discrimination when looking for a job, when compared to respondents in other European countries.

Workplace wellbeing

Do LGBT+ persons have equal access to healthcare, are they satisfied with healthcare provision and support from colleagues? In addition, this indicator looks at whether there is any impact on productivity and overall wellbeing. Roughly 40% of LGBT+ employees surveyed across 30 countries in Europe truly feel supported at work. Spain and Malta stand out in terms of LGBT+ employee support, with nearly 60% of LGBT+ employees feeling often or always supported.

Workforce protection

The Monitor combines surveys from different European countries on laws and policies in place to protect LGBT+ persons in the workplace. It looks at employment laws more generally and at what the constitution says about sexual orientation and LGBT+ rights, if there’s a hate crime law, and if there’s a policy tackling hatred. The Monitor shows divergence between European countries, including some opportunities for improvement. Explore this area in more detail in the LGBT+ Workplace Monitor.

Moving forward on LGBT+ issues in the workplace

Across Europe, many countries are doing well, but some still face political and/or religious challenges. Even in countries that are traditionally thought to be doing well, embracing LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace is sometimes lagging.

The Monitor will achieve its desired impact if it serves to help people better understand, connect, advocate for, and improve the position of LGBT+ persons in the workplace. We look forward to updating you in the years ahead, using the data from this year as a baseline.

For more information about the Monitor, or to suggest additional open data sources for the Monitor, please connect with Leon Pieters.

* The LGBT+ acronym (which stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and more) is used throughout this initative for consistency and includes anyone who does not identify as heterosexual and/or cisgender.

Did you find this useful?