Black tech workers see shorter tenures than their peers, report says

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2月 08, 2022
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
We found that Black professionals in tech face more career growth barriers than their non-Black peers.
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Excerpt from article originally published in HR Dive by Ryan Golden

Russell Reynolds Associates' joint research with Valence on Black professionals in tech was featured in HR Dive.

 

Dive Brief:

  • Black technology workers face professional barriers that lead to shorter average tenures than technology workers of other racial backgrounds, according to a recent report by executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates.
  • Russell Reynolds found that Black tech workers moved between employers every 3.5 years in order to advance, whereas non-Black tech workers did the same every 5.1 years on average. The firm surveyed nearly 400 workers, 307 of whom identified as Black and 71 of whom identified as either White or Caucasian; East or South Asian; or non-Black Hispanic or Latino.
  • The difference was even more pronounced in workers with less than 10 years of experience, with Black workers leaving after an average of two years and non-Black workers doing so after an average of 4.5 years. Early-career Black tech talent may have less insight into the practical considerations of moving up the ladder, Russell Reynolds said, particularly with respect to networking.

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