Trade Me Jobs Workplace Discrimination Survey 2019

A concerning forty-five per cent of Kiwis have witnessed workplace prejudice in the last 12 months, according to a Trade Me Jobs survey* of over 1,700 people.

Here are some of the key facts:

Forms of workplace discrimination in New Zealand

The most common forms of prejudice in Kiwi organisations in 2019 were:

  • Age - 23%

  • Gender - 22%

  • Ethnicity - 20%

Of those surveyed, one in four felt personally discriminated against, while 43% had seen it happen to someone else.

The person most likely to be discriminating was a manager (73%) followed by a colleague (19%). 

Are things improving?

Unfortunately, the results of our survey show no progress from 2018. In fact, the figures are up on last year, when 40% of respondents reported witnessing discrimination in their workplace.

The only real positive is that both men and women are more inclined to report discrimination than they were last year. However, women are more likely than men to take action when they experience discrimination – 75% of female employees said they’d report the incident to management, compared to 64% of males.

Still, a quarter of Kiwis said they took no action when facing discrimination in 2019, and a third admitted not reporting unfair treatment of a colleague. 

How can all employees promote diversity?

Managers and senior staff should lead by example in tackling prejudice and promoting diversity in Kiwi organisations.

However, as our Head of Jobs, Jeremy Wade, said, “We can all do more to promote diversity in the workplace and there are a range of initiatives which can help make a difference.”

Among the things you, as an employee, can do are:

  • Being considerate with your language

  • Encouraging your peers to contribute to cultural diversity

  • Observing a range of cultural celebrations throughout the year

*This survey was conducted by Trade Me during November 2019 and collates answers from 1,786 individual New Zealand-based respondents.