• 60% aren't sure whether their employer has a transgender inclusion policy in place
  • Transgender construction commercial director shares her workplace journey
  • Transitioning gender treatment is on the rise
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31st

Ahead of International Transgender Day of Visibility (#TDOV), Randstad, the world’s leading recruiter highlights the lack of understanding around gender inclusion in the workplace.

Results from a survey of 1,900 UK jobseekers* this month revealed that 60% were unsure if their employer has a transgender inclusion policy in place. A quarter of respondents were sure their employer does not, and surprisingly, only 14% knew of a policy that had been implemented.

Randstad’s recent Building Change: The future of construction campaign shared the inspirational story of Samantha West, Commercial Director at Vinci Facilities. Samantha recently came out as a transgender female within a typically male-dominated working environment. 

Last year it was reported that the number of biological females seeking transitioning gender treatment in the UK had skyrocketed, resulting in an increase of 4,400 percent, indicating a clear sign of the need to ensure gender neutral workplace inclusion. 

Graham Trevor, Randstad UK HR Director, said: “Our data shows that most aren’t sure about if their employer has a policy around gender inclusion, and additional research from Stonewall shows that half of transgender and non-binary people (51 per cent and 50 per cent respectively) have hidden or disguised the fact that they are LGBT at work because they were afraid of discrimination.” 

“Having a diverse workforce prompts productivity and performance. By ensuring that, as employers, we are fully inclusive we have the ability to improve performance, culture, behaviour and to further fuel innovation. At Randstad, we’re in the process of creating a Diversity & Inclusion project group - made up of representatives from across Randstad, not just HR. We’re identifying areas where we can drive inclusion and be agile to the needs of an ever-changing workforce. At the top of our agenda is reviewing our policies, not just because of the commercial benefit but because, ethically, it’s the right thing to do.”

Research shows that gender-diverse companies perform 14% better when compared to non-diverse companies, and ethnically diverse companies perform 35% better; yet one in three employers surveyed last year by Crossland Solicitors admitted to being less likely to hire a transgender person. 

Notes to editors

Randstad.co.uk poll question:
Do you know if your employer has a transgender inclusion policy in place?
*1900 votes in total

  • Not sure (1137 votes, 60%)
  • No (498 votes, 26%)
  • Yes (265 votes, 14%)

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Randstad is the global leader in the HR services industry. We support people and organisations in realising their true potential. We do this by combining the power of today’s technology with our passion for people. We call it Human Forward. Our services range from regular temporary Staffing and permanent placements to Inhouse Services, Professionals, and HR Solutions, including Recruitment Process Outsourcing, Managed Services Programs and  outplacement. Randstad is active in 38 countries around the world and has top-three positions in almost half of these. In 2018, Randstad had on average 38,820 corporate employees and 4,826 branches and Inhouse locations. In 2018, Randstad generated revenue of € 23.8 billion and holds the world’s number one position in its industry since November 2018. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad N.V. is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded. For more information, see https://www.randstad.com/.