We carry out an annual survey of Trustees and staff to help us track progress on the diversity of our people. Below, you can find the results of our most recent survey.
We first surveyed Trustees and staff in 2020 and have since repeated the survey every September. Questions focus on a number of characteristics including ethnicity, gender, disability, age, faith and sexual orientation.
A total of 48 members of staff and Trustees took part in our 2022 survey (compared to 51 people in 2021). This is partly down to having slightly fewer staff and Trustees at the time the survey was completed. For all questions, respondents were able to choose 'Prefer not to say'.
In 2022, 69% of Esmée staff and Trustees identified as White*, compared to 74% in 2021. For comparison, the UK as a whole is 86% White (see Ethnicity Facts and Figures).
Whilst the whole team is more ethnically diverse, our Funding Team is the least diverse with 87% identifying as White, 7 % identifying as Mixed (White and Black/African/Caribbean/Black British), and 7% identifying as Mixed (White and Asian/Asian British).
The following chart and table shows the ethnicity breakdown of our Trustees, Senior Management Team (SMT), Funding Team and all our other staff in 2022.
* Respondents were able to choose from a number of White ethnic groups (including White - other or say an ethnicity not specified in the list). For these results, we have chosen not to publish more detailed data.
distribution (figures in brackets are from 2021)
White: 84% (82%)
Mixed - White and Asian/Asian British: 8% (9%)
Mixed - Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background: 8% (9%)
|Senior Management Team||
White: 63% (75%)
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British - Caribbean 37% (75%)
|Manages funding (grants or social investments)||
White: 86% (84%)
Mixed – White and Black/African/Caribbean/Black British – Caribbean: 7%
Mixed – White and Asian/Asian British: 7%
|All other staff||
White: 37% (55%)
Asian/Asian British – Any other Asian ethnicity: 21% (9%)
Mixed - Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background: 14% (9%)
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British - African: 14% (27%)
Black/African/Caribbean/Black British – Any other Black ethnicity: 7%
Asian/Asian British – Indian: 7%
Overall, we are now 67% female, compared to 63% in 2021. No one identifies as anything other than male or female.
The following chart and table shows the gender breakdown of our Trustees, Senior Management Team (SMT), Funding Team and all our other staff in 2022.
|Gender distribution (figures in brackets are from 2021)|
|Trustees||Female: 67% (55%), Male: 33% (45%)|
|Senior Management Team||Female: 62% (50%), Male: 38% (50%)|
|Manages funding (grants or social investments)||Female: 64% (77%), Male: 36% (23%)|
|All other staff||Female: 71 (64%), Male: 29 (36%)|
In our 2022 survey, we changed our question on disability to cover health conditions, in line with the DEI Data Standard. Staff and Trustees were asked if they considered themselves to have a disability or health condition, which impacts on their participation in work or social activities. They were also given a number of options, which they could choose from including ‘prefer not to say’ and ‘other’ (see the DEI Data Standard for the full list). In previous years, staff and Trustees were asked if they considered themselves to have a disability and could include a description if they wished to.
In total, 23% of our people identified as being disabled or having a health condition. In response to the previous version of the question, 9% of our people identified as being disabled.
Age, Sexual Orientation and Faith
All our Trustees are 45 and over, with the biggest age group being 55-64 years old (45%). There is a relatively even distribution of our staff across the age groups between 25 and 65 years old.
- Sexual orientation:
Overall, 6% identified as gay or lesbian, 2% as bisexual, and 92% identified as heterosexual.
Most people said they were atheist (33%), agnostic (12%) or with no religion (2%). The single biggest religious group amongst our people is Christian (35%).