Today’s blog article has kindly been provided by Fellows and Associates Ltd and is a more in-depth review of an excerpt from their 6th annual Salary Survey that has recently been published. The article focuses on the final part of their report that looks at discrimination within the workplace. Fellows and Associates are one of our Charter signatories.
Michele Fellows writes: Every year, Fellows and Associates compile a salary survey of the Intellectual Property profession. We continually look to improve on it based on feedback and changes within the market place and this year, in support of IP Inclusive, we were particularly excited to take a closer look at discrimination within the workplace. We know that many firms have signed up to the IP Inclusive initiative and times have changed recently (although never as much as we would like) and as such we asked our respondents to focus solely on their experience within the last two years.
It was interesting to note that, overall, 56% of participants have seen discrimination directed at another whereas only 44% had experienced it themselves. Is this reality, or perhaps, even with the anonymity the survey affords, did respondents not feel comfortable enough to admit personally suffering discrimination?
The data presented has made for compelling reading, perhaps shining a light on the fact that discrimination does still exist and, sadly, to quite a high degree. It is with intrigue that we wait to see how firms engage with their employees in the future as they seek (we hope) to become more inclusive and accepting within the IP community.
Thank you Michelle, and Fellows & Associates more generally, for including these questions in your annual survey, and for sharing the results with us.
If you would like to write a blog article for IP Inclusive, on anything diversity related, please email Emily Teesdale of Abel & Imray. Guest bloggers are always very welcome!