NAMIC, WICT To Release Joint Employment Survey

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) and WICT (Women in Cable Telecommunications) will once again partner to create a joint ethnic and gender diversity survey that will be revealed in September.

Findings from NAMIC’s AIM (Advancement Investment Measurement) study and WICT’s PAR (Pay Equity, Advancement Opportunities and Resources for Work/Life Integration) report will be released during a Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Sept. 29 as part of the industry’s Diversity Week, said representatives from both organizations.

The survey opens on January 30, 2015, and will close after 12 weeks of data collection. Mercer will independently manage the development of customized data reports for each participating company, according to NAMIC and WICT. 

“NAMIC is pleased to continue partnering with WICT to provide data that is critical to establishing diversity metrics that support the advancement of our industry’s pipeline of women and ethnic minorities,” said Eglon Simons, president and CEO of NAMIC in a statement. 

Added Maria Brennan, president and CEO of WICT: “With the acceptance that greater workforce diversity is a fundamental business imperative, WICT and NAMIC remain committed to providing the industry with timely tools that can be utilized to strengthen inclusion practices.” “With the launch of this year’s joint survey, we extend our gratitude to the industry for its continued support of this effort.”

The last NAMIC and WICT joint report in 2013 revealed mixed results for women and people of color within the cable industry.

NAMIC’s AIM report said that People of color (Hispanics, African-Americans, Pacific Islanders, Asians and Native Americans) experienced a 5% increase in full-time employment within the cable industry to 38% compared to 2011. The percentage of people of color in executive and senior- level manager positions declined, however, according to the survey.

WICT’s PAR reported that cable registered 5% fewer employed females compared to a decade ago, but women represented 28% of executives and senior-level managers, up 1% from 2003.

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