May 03, 2017 | By NACE Staff
TAGS: diversity and inclusion, students with disabilities, candidate selection, trends and predictions, surveys, nace insights
Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
While the percentage of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort has fluctuated since 2008, that percentage dropped significantly this year, according to results of NACE’s 2016 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey.
Although formal efforts to recruit underrepresented groups such as women, racial/ethnic minorities, students with disabilities, and military veterans have become core elements of URR programs, the percentage of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort dropped significantly this year, falling 14.6 percent from last year to 56.3 percent. (See Figure 1.)
Among employers with formal diversity efforts, women, African-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans were priority recruits. (See Figure 2.) The focus on these groups has been consistent since 2011. However, there has been a growing emphasis on recruiting students with disabilities; this area has increased 13.2 percent—from 51.2 percent to 64.4 percent—over last year and nearly 30 percent since 2011.
When looking at employer diversity targets broken down by major, African-Americans (91.7 percent) are targeted more than other groups among business majors. (See Figure 3.) However, women are the main focus among engineering (100 percent) and computer science (95.5 percent) majors.
NACE’s 2016 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey was conducted from May 24, 2016, to August 31, 2016, among NACE employer members; 233, or 24.6 percent, responded. Highlights from the 2016 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey are available on NACEWeb. Participating members can access the full report through MyNACE.
Figure 1: Employers With Formal Diversity Recruiting Efforts: 2011-16
Figure 2: Priority Groups for Diversity Recruitment, 2011-16
Figure 3: Priority Groups for Diversity Recruitment, 2011-16
Percent of employers that allocated more resources to recruit historically marginalized students
NACE September 2021 Quick Poll
Percent of students seeking employer that embraces diversity
2021 NACE Student Survey
Percent of employers with a formal diversity recruiting effort
2021 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report