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Financial Sciences & Services Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Insights

Posted on March 2024

Financial Sciences & Services Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Insights

As an award-winning financial sciences & services talent partner under the Phaidon International brand, clients often ask us how to improve Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) in their workplace so they can attract, hire, and retain top talent with diverse experiences and viewpoints.  

To provide data-backed insights, we have surveyed both employees and employers from our database to understand their perspectives on company culture, discrimination, development opportunities, and DE&I training and resources at their workplace to uncover trends, disparities, and areas in need of improvement. 

The results can be found in Phaidon International's DE&I report, which explores overall trends across their six specialist brands, plus a breakdown of results for Selby Jennings, delving into DE&I in financial sciences & services.

APAC Financial Sciences & Services DE&I Findings

Our surveys found that 53% of APAC financial sciences & services employers made provisions for diverse candidates throughout the hiring process. The measures they most commonly implemented were:


Ensuring a diverse interview panel/hiring team


Ensuring a diverse interview panel/hiring team


Collaborating with talent partners, groups, job boards, or charities to source diverse talent

However, while 69% felt their company promoted a culture of inclusivity and respect for DE&I, 40% indicated they were aware of either frequent or occasional instances of discrimination, harassment, or bias within their organization.

Discover the full views of both employers and employees and uncover new areas of focus for your DE&I strategy to help improve hiring, retention, and DE&I policies based on your goals, resources, and the needs of your employees.

Along with our survey findings, this exclusive report also includes: 

  • How good DE&I workplace practices benefit both employers and employees 

  • The biggest DE&I challenges employers face

  • Key takeaways for employers and employees

  • DE&I resources for your region 

"Diversity has increasingly been on the agenda for financial firms in the APAC region, particularly in terms of gender and ethnicity. We often have clients telling us that their teams mainly consist of a certain characteristic and they are looking for more diversity in their next hires. We are then able to send them a shortlist of capable candidates with a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and characteristics.”

Natasha Madhavan, Executive Director, Regional Head of Selby Jennings APAC

Discover the results: Download your copy of this report.


Part of Something Bigger

Selby Jennings is part of Phaidon International, a leading global talent partner that identifies, sources, and delivers business-critical professionals to the most innovative industries in the world.

Our approach to talent opportunities as part of Phaidon International includes access to six talent brands with the advantage of multiple industry experts at your disposal. It’s a bespoke service, so you can work directly with a specialist in financial sciences & services, and if required, we can introduce you to our counterparts in regulatory & legal, or technology, while benefiting from one single relationship manager for ease, and not worrying about extensive and time-consuming administration.

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