Reaching Diverse Candidates is One of the Biggest Hiring Challenges for 1 in 5 Companies

Reaching Diverse Candidates is One of the Biggest Hiring Challenges for 1 in 5 Companies

54% of Businesses Report Having a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy in Place

Efforts to establish a company diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) policy have steadily increased over the last two years, but 21% of U.S. companies say translating this effort to hiring is one of the biggest hiring challenges their company will face over the next year.

This is according to a recent survey from The Harris Poll commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Fifty-four percent of businesses report having a DEI policy in place compared to 52% in the first half of 2021 and 46% in the second half of 2020. Looking to the future, nearly a fifth of hiring decision-makers (18%) say their company plans to implement such a policy. Of those planning to do so, 11% say they plan to implement one by the end of 2022.

Given companies’ establishment of DEI policies, the likely next step is to actively recruit candidates outside of the companies’ traditional demographic (e.g., have unique backgrounds, racially/ethnically diverse).

Around half (49%), say their company is planning to take such action in 2022—in line with 2021 (51%). To this point, a fifth of U.S. hiring decision-makers (21%) say reaching these diverse candidates is one of the biggest hiring challenges their company will face over the next year. This is particularly a struggle in manufacturing industries (39%).

“We have seen a significant increase in the number of companies in local area adopting a diversity, equity, and inclusion policy,” said Chris Petty, Franchise Manager of the Central Oregon Express franchise office. “There are many benefits for companies implementing a DEI policy/hiring people outside of the traditional workforce which include both current employee retention and engagement and future candidate recruitment.”

It’s encouraging to see more companies adopting diversity, equity and inclusion policies to create workforces reflective of our society, according to Express Employment International CEO Bill Stoller said.

“Everyone deserves to feel heard and represented in their career as part of collaborative company cultures,” he added.

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals between Nov. 10 and Dec. 2, 2021, among 1,009 U.S. hiring decision-makers (defined as adults ages 18+ in the U.S. who are employed full-time or self-employed, work at companies with more than one employee, and have full/significant involvement in hiring decisions at their company). Data were weighted where necessary by company size to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population.


If you would like to arrange for an interview with Chris Petty, call 541-389-1505.
About Express Employment Professionals.

At Express Employment Professionals, we’re in the business of people. From job seekers to client companies, Express helps people thrive and businesses grow. Our international network of franchises offers localized staffing solutions to the communities they serve across the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, employing 586,000 people globally in 2021 and 10 million since its inception. For more information, visit

The Central Oregon Express office is located at 61379 S. Hwy 97, Bend, OR and serves the tri-county region. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit or call 541-389-1505.

About Bill Stoller

William H. “Bill” Stoller is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment International. Founded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the international staffing franchisor supports the Express Employment Professionals franchise and related brands. The Express franchise brand is an industry-leading, international staffing company with franchise locations in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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