Monster Whitepaper: Diversity Recruiting in STEM Occupations
It is widely acknowledged that STEM professions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) pose a recruiting challenge for many employers, challenged by the demand for global STEM education, employment and funding.
When recruiting diverse candidates for STEM professions, an even greater challenge emerges.
Today, non-Hispanic Whites constitute approximately 73% of the STEM workforce of which 27% are women; collectively, African Americans and Hispanic/Latinos constitute about 7% of the STEM workforce, despite making up more than 27.9% of the population.
In recognition of the value that a diverse workforce brings to business today, Monster asked Harris Interactive®, a leading market research firm to conduct research that examines the importance of diversity recruiting in STEM professions.
The resulting study, Diversity Recruiting in STEM Occupations, provides an overview of the real obstacles that organizations face in this arena, while highlighting efforts that serve as models for companies of all sizes to effectively address these challenges.
Monster commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct an online survey in August 2011 in which more than 400 Chief Diversity Officers or SVPs of Human Resources participated. Additionally, Monster conducted in-depth interviews with diversity and human resources executives for the study.
Quantitative results from Monster’s research show that diversity and inclusion in the workforce is viewed as beneficial in many ways, with top benefits cited as:
- New attitudes/ideas (84%)
- Learning opportunities (76%)
- Increased creativity (69%)
Innovation and creativity are uniquely dependent on a rich mix of information, attitudes, talents, skills, culture and knowledge. This reality has solidified the need to acquire an ever more diverse workforce.
Findings from the study:
- Infographic: Effective Diversity Recruiting in STEM Occupations
- The Competitive Benefits of Diversity
- How Companies Cultivate a Diverse STEM Workforce
- Recruiting STEM Talent for your Small Company
- Recruiters: The Crucial Link in STEM Diversity Hiring
- Seven Tactics for Successful Diversity Recruiting
Monster and Harris Interactive conducted an online survey in August 2011 in which more than 400 Chief Diversity Officers or SVPs of Human Resources participated from a representative group of companies involved with architecture and engineering, computer and mathematics or life, physical and social science disciplines. Additionally, we conducted in-depth interviews with diversity and human resources executives.