Monitoring Ethnicity: A Comprehensive Guide for Employers

This Monitoring ethnicity: A comprehensive guide for employers toolkit provides information on providing a snapshot of a business’s workforce. Doing this will help to identify where there may be ‘bottlenecks’ in the talent pipeline and identify where it might wish to target action and resource, track progress and celebrate improvements as they are made.

What is monitoring?

Monitoring is the systematic collection and storage of information (usually data), and the analytical processing and evaluation of that information. This can cover existing and potential employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Monitoring can be done at a variety of different points in the employment cycle including attraction, recruitment, training, promotion, staff surveys, performance management, exit interviews, sick absence, grievances and dismissals.

About this toolkit

This Monitoring ethnicity: A comprehensive guide for employers toolkit contains details on:

  • reasons to monitor
  • designing a programme
  • collecting and managing information
  • examples of good practice

This document was originally published in 2012, so it uses Business in the Community’s (BITC) old branding. However despite its age, the document contains relevant and useful information. However, some specific links, case studies and statistics may be out of date.

About Business in the Community’s work on Race


Supporting employers to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels. These aims and issue areas enable us to provide the most relevant and insightful support to members and inform our engagement with government, industry stakeholders and employers when campaigning for wider societal and organisational change.

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