CIO-level hiring is an area that is still being addressed by employers and the CIO Council, a trade group for senior leadership, according to a new survey by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
The survey, conducted by the Leadership Conference in June, found that 80 percent of CIO candidates who had responded said they would not hire an employee based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin.
The study also found that 77 percent of respondents said that they did not have a problem with the hiring of a person based on their ethnicity or religion.
In some cases, hiring decisions could be based on a person’s race or religion, the survey found.
The CIO and the Council said they had worked hard to improve diversity and inclusion in hiring practices, but it’s clear that some still struggle to make the right hiring decisions.
“Many of the CMOs and CIO Advisors we surveyed believe that diversity is their most important priority, but there is still a long way to go,” said the Council’s CEO, Mary Beth Murguia.
“Many CIO employers are reluctant to hire and retain qualified CIO/CIO Council members, who are often highly visible to CIO firms and industry leaders.”
“As a result, CIO groups continue to struggle with recruiting and retaining candidates who share their vision for CIO,” Murgum said.
“This includes hiring and retaining those with more diverse perspectives.
This is particularly true for women, who comprise nearly 70 percent of the workforce and represent nearly 50 percent of all CIO positions in the United States.
Many employers do not want to hire women who represent a significant percentage of the labor force.”
The Leadership Conference survey also found a high rate of discrimination in hiring and retention, with CIO’s of color being nearly twice as likely to be hired as white candidates.
Women were also less likely than men to be interviewed and hired for CTO roles.
The report also found widespread discrimination against people with disabilities, who comprised 20 percent of people interviewed for the survey.
CIO, however, said that there is no indication that the CTO Council is making accommodations to help the COO and CPO’s meet the needs of their customers.
The Council said that it is actively working with organizations and employers to address this issue.
“We encourage our member organizations and our clients to engage in the hiring process, including through inclusion and diversity training and mentoring programs, to address the diverse hiring needs of our members,” said CIO spokesperson Sarah Burt.
“As we have been advocating for decades, we are excited to see CIO hiring and hiring policies that are inclusive, fair and respectful of all who apply for a CIO position.”
Read the full report at Leadership Conference.