Research Report

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in UK Foundation Industries

ERC Research Report



Associated Themes
  • Diversity
  • Management and Leadership

Workforce diversity, in terms of age and gender, is highly variable across industry sectors. Official data point to a lack of representation of younger workers and female employees in the manufacturing sector and the survey conducted as part of this research confirms that foundation industries (which are a sub-set of manufacturing) have a similar workforce profile. This profile can also be seen in industry in other developed economies.
There is an absence of academic and grey literature on workforce diversity in foundation industries, specifically. While business benefits of a more diverse workforce have been presented in terms of innovation performance and revenue gains for the economy at large, the same business case for greater diversity has not been developed at the sub-sector level.