What is ethnic diversity?

Ethnic diversity is the of employed people in the workforce that meet your search criteria, broken down by ethnic background. 

Currently, we provide ethnic diversity data for the United States and South Africa only. Data for the United States includes the following official categories: White, Latino, Black, Asian, as well as the custom category "other groups." Data for South Africa includes the following official categories: black, coloured*, Indian-Asian, white, and other.

What can I use this data for?

You can use ethnic diversity data to understand how the ethnic breakdown of candidates varies for different roles or locations within the United States and South Africa. Ethnic diversity numbers are always for all employers in your searched locations. In other words, we aren’t able to show gender diversity for specific employers. 

Acquire: Where do you get your ethnic diversity data?

For the United States, ethnic diversity data comes from the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) survey, administered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Council, and the American Community Survey (ACS), administered by the Census Bureau.

For South Africa, ethnic diversity data comes from the South African National Census and the Community Survey, both administered by Statistics South Africa.

Organize: How do you prepare the data for analysis?

In order to compare data across different roles, we must map ethnic diversity to a location and a standard occupation classification (SOC) code. Learn more about occupations.

For the United States, ethnicity data from the EEO survey is already associated with a state, metropolitan statistical area (MSA), and a SOC code. Data from the ACS is associated with a state, MSA, and census code. We translate the census code to a SOC code using a mapping system maintained by the U.S. government.

For South Africa, ethnicity data is associated with a state, MSA, and occupation within South Africa’s occupational taxonomy. We translate South Africa’s occupation codes to SOC codes using a mapping that we maintain.

Analyze: How do you calculate ethnic diversity?

We estimate ethnic diversity using data from the federal governments of the United States and South Africa. With this government data as an anchor, we estimate ethnic diversity for more granular attributes (like skills and credentials) using patterns found in job postings from the past few years.

Deliver: How do you represent ethnic diversity data? 

We represent ethnic diversity as an estimated percent of diverse (non-white) candidates that match your search criteria. 

In the United States, “non-white” includes the following categories: Latino, Black, Asian, and "other groups." In South Africa, “non-white” includes the following categories: black, coloured*, Indian-Asian, and other.

*Note: “Coloured” is an official term used in South Africa for people of multiracial backgrounds.


More about ethnic diversity:

When was your ethnic diversity data last updated?

Data for the United States and South Africa was last updated in 2020.

What ethnicities are included in "Other groups"?

For the United States, “Other groups” comprises the following ethnicities: 

  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone

  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone

  • Two or more races

  • Some other race alone

For South Africa, “Other” is an option on the national census and so can be defined as any person who doesn’t identify as black, coloured, Indian-Asian, or white.

What location types do you have ethnic diversity data for?

For the United States and South Africa, we provide ethnicity data at the country, state, and MSA level.  Unfortunately, we can’t provide ethnic diversity for counties or cities. 

What search filters impact ethnic diversity?

We are able to provide ethnic diversity data for some (but not all) of the job attributes in our search experience: function, occupation, title, skills, credentials, experience level and keywords. In other words, adding these filters to your search will change the ethnic diversity.

Unfortunately, we can’t provide ethnic diversity figures for education level and employment type. If your search includes either of these attributes, ethnic diversity is calculated as if those criteria were not part of your search.

Is there a minimum threshold for showing ethnic diversity data?

While using TalentNeuron, you may notice that supply sometimes appears as “<x” for certain searches. The minimum supply threshold for showing ethnic diversity data in both the United States and South Africa is 200. When the supply is below this number, we don’t display ethnic diversity data. Learn more about supply and minimum thresholds.

How can I get more detailed ethnic diversity data?

We are happy to provide a deeper analysis of ethnic diversity for specific roles or locations through our custom research engagement, Workbench, which incorporates government as well as public profile data.