Race at Work Survey 2021

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Race at Work 2021 Survey in collaboration with YouGov, offers participants the chance to share experiences of race at work, and lend their voice to drive change on workplace equality.

The survey is sponsored by Co-op, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, KPMG, Sainsbury’s, Shell, and supported by the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The survey is open until 30 June 2021.


About the survey

Over 24,000 people completed the survey in 2015 and 2018. This year the survey is focused on understanding the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and includes new questions on allyship in order to:

  • gain a better understanding of employees’ experience and perception of leadership
  • gain fair access to opportunities to develop and progress at work, effectiveness  HR, D&I, employee network and resource groups
  • access insight into employees in your organisation’s sector and region in the UK’s largest survey on race at work
  • contribute to a large, national body of research on race that will reflect your employees’ experiences and spotlight common challenges and opportunities.

Who can complete the survey?

  • Anyone aged 16 or over and currently employed or self-employed in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
  • We are keen to hear about the experiences of race at work from people of all ethnicities, including white employees.
  • All responses are anonymous

The Race at Work 2021 Survey is managed independently by YouGov on behalf of BITC. It is carried out in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct, and complies with UK Data Protection legislation.


A bespoke link is available to all employers in the UK wishing to participate in the survey. The unique identifier will enable your organisation to gather insights from your employees’ experiences as well as benchmark against peers in your sector, and the wider nation.
The unique identifier is available on request with a charge to access data.

If you are a BITC member and would like to request a Unique Identifier, please contact your Inclusion Adviser or Relationship Manager. If you are not a BITC member, contact Zahra Mohamoud.

Key actions and impacts from the 2015 and 2018 Race at Work Surveys include:

  • Race at Work 2015: influencing UK policy and practice, laying the foundations for the independent, government commissioned McGregor-Smith-Review: Race in the Workplace, published in 2017.
  • Race at Work 2018: an assessment of the impacts of recommendations made in the McGregor-Smith-Review, published in the Race at Work 2018: Scorecard Report.
  • Provided evidence to spark the government consultation into mandatory pay gap reporting in 2018.
  • The launch of the Race at Work Charter which attracted 85 employers on the day and now has over 600 signatories, impacting over 5.5 million employees.

A report, Race at Work 2021 Scorecard Report: McGregor-Smith Review – 4 Years On, sharing this year’s survey findings will be published in October 2021 during Black History Month.

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