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From the Albany Times-Union:

Diversity job openings fell nearly 60% after the coronavirus. Then came the Black Lives Matter protests.
Jena McGregor
The Washington Post
July 15, 2020

American companies cut back sharply on hiring for jobs related to diversity and inclusion when the coronavirus pandemic struck in mid-March, with openings falling twice as fast as for other listings, according to data from one of the country’s biggest career sites.

Postings for job titles such as “chief diversity officer,” “diversity and inclusion recruiter” or “D&I program manager” fell nearly 60% between early March and early June, according to the careers site Glassdoor, which plans to publish the report Wednesday. That’s a sharper drop than for overall human resources jobs, which fell 49%, or job openings overall, which fell 28%.

But as corporate America offered new commitments to work for inclusion amid the national reckoning on racial injustice that erupted after the killing of George Floyd in police custody, the same category of job openings rebounded. D&I postings rose 50% in June on Glassdoor, the largest percentage increase over a four-week period since January 2016, though they are still well below their March peak. …

The sharp decline in hiring after the pandemic struck followed recent growth in diversity and inclusion jobs – as employers came under increasing pressure to advance the number of women and racial minorities in their ranks. But it bolsters concerns that diversity initiatives are often undervalued or cut when the economy worsens.

“Prior to the recent resurgence, this was still a deeply undervalued role,” said Nicole Sanchez, chief executive of Vaya Consulting, which focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion issues. “How am I supposed to believe that the thing you said was dispensable just weeks ago is suddenly the most important thing you’re doing?”

Let me guess: by hiring Ms. Sanchez’s consulting firm?

Corporate inquiries for her consulting work, she said, are up 1,500% from a year ago. “It’s a hockey stick if I’ve ever seen one,” she said.

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  1. Big Biz must be doing pretty well to be able to afford this much more overhead. That’s all they are, including the ENTIRE HR departments, money-sucking OVERHEAD.

  2. Michael S says:

    How interesting. But clearly this is just serendipity, there’s no way it could be a conflict of interest or even, dare I say it, calculated.

    • Agree: ic1000
  3. American companies cut back sharply on hiring for jobs related to diversity and inclusion…

    This happened before, in December 1865, and we survived. Though states suffered in proportion to their diversity.

  4. I don’t care who/why a private firm h/fires. I object when the government extends hiring preferences (it never fires).

    There are only two, California statewide ballot items (in November) worth following. Both are Big Government whoppers:

    • Prop 15: weakening Jarvis’s Prop 13 (will trigger higher commercial property taxes).

    • Prop 16: to repeal Connerly’s Prop 209 (will allow the government to discriminate more overtly in areas such as hiring and college admissions).

    At local levels, there will almost certainly be close to 100 total, CA ballot measures, to raise taxes or borrowing for schools, ranging from a few million to perhaps even multiple billions of dollars. I’ll keep a scorecard.

    Look for Big Government to get another big win.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  5. haha says:

    “Chief Diversity Officer”? Hey, you kidding aren’t you? Or maybe the CDO will be supported by a band of dedicated other officers and staff, perhaps like: Deputy Chief Diversity Officer, Director of Diversity Relations, Associate V.P. of Minority Grievances, Director of Sensitivity Training, etc., etc.

    Alas, Mr. Sailer has neglected to inform his readers how they can get one of these recession-proof, stress-proof, work-free, and tedium-free jobs.

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
  6. Anon87 says:

    Remember this the next time your company tells you they don’t have money for a raise for you.

  7. @haha

    Alas, Mr. Sailer has neglected to inform his readers how they can get one of these recession-proof, stress-proof, work-free, and tedium-free jobs.

    For you it’s going to some work: “Soul Man” meets “Caitlyn” Jenner.

  8. @Achmed E. Newman

    Another issue, relevant to the topic, is that this particular type of bureaucrat keeps getting snatched away by competitors offering even higher pay. Hard to keep anyone without boosting their salary several times a year, plus generous time off, plus perks galore, etc etc.

    The median base salary of a chief diversity and inclusion officer at U.S. companies with more than $3 billion in revenue is $350,000, according to research from the global consulting firm Mercer. The median total compensation, which also includes bonuses and long-term incentives, is $600,000.

    It’s America’s #1 Growth “Industry”

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  9. dvorak says:

    the largest percentage increase over a four-week period since January 2016

    As iSteve has mentioned, there seems to be a presidential-election-year phenomenon.

    You furnish the election-year death in police custody, and I’ll furnish the race riot. – CNN

    The Overton window tends to shift like the San Andreas, fifty feet all at once.

  10. Mr. Anon says:

    I don’t care who/why a private firm h/fires.

    You should. They’re doing so because of pressure.

  11. Anon[508] • Disclaimer says:

    Hires may have fallen as soon as the news hit that it was the diverse who were getting disproportionally sick. Your average company doesn’t want to actually die for its diversity hire.

  12. Wilkey says:

    One thing I have come to realize is that, if ever one of these “diversity consultants” is sent to give a seminar at my office, the first thing I am going to do is sit way up close to the front, turn on my phone, and press Record. I will do everything in my power to make them Twitter famous, Parler famous, and Facebook famous.

    • Replies: @Known Fact
  13. Anonymous[101] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile, Sessions is out.

    I’m not voting for Trump mainly because of coronavirus, but also because the Trump Era has generally been great for the career prospects of wokemons, not great for the career prospects of Trump supporters. If you’re on a sinking ship, jump.

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  14. MB says: • Website

    Wait just one stinkin’ minute.
    Hockey stick?
    Has our Snow White aka Ms. Diversity ever consulted a mirror?
    As in the cultural appropriation kind.
    (OK, OK arguably the Great White North doesn’t have any real culture, but Ms. Sanchez doesn’t need to know that while we borrow her tarbrush for a few minutes.)

    As far as that goes, I don’t want to hear anybody that isn’t Anglo Saxon speaking English.
    You can all shut your piehole and piss in your pants till you get this cultural appropriation hang up out of your system. Then we might be able to have a rational discussion.
    Till then, shut up and stay shut up.

    FTM this just in: This nation was founded by Europeans, not Ethiopians or Eskimoes and Ms. Sanchez doesn’t like it, she can suck it up and move to Nigeria or China.

  15. “We business types, of which I am, personally, do love hockey sticks.”

  16. @Reg Cæsar

    This happened before, in December 1865, and we survived. Though states suffered in proportion to their diversity.

    A bit of an obvious and literal video post in reply, but here goes …

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @bruce county
  17. So the economy isn’t as bad as we fear? Unlike BLM protesters?

  18. @Reg Cæsar

    Nice one, but for some reason I’ve run out of LOLs.

  19. Jake says:

    It’s a shake down. The guy from the gang shows up and tells you need insurance. If you do not pay off, then your store gets burned or your customers get beat up.

    Civil Rights is the biggest racket in the Anglo-Zionist Empire.

  20. Jake says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    That too was not about blacks doing the thinking and planning. It also was about Elites (the Yankee WASPs, who had assumed total control of the US) using blacks as weapons and tolls with which to batter and demoralize whites that the WASP Elites hated and feared.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  21. This is the entire point of politics, to move money from the other guys into your team’s pockets. If your political party isn’t doing this for you, it’s a failure — or at least, it’s failing you.

    Has the GOP ever done anything that has pushed corporations to hire GOP voters to the exclusion of dem voters?

    Have any of the corporate boomers on this board ever intervened in a hiring decision to prioritize a conservative, or blackball a liberal?

    If have the ability but you’re not playing these games – why are you on here complaining?

  22. @Anonymous

    If you’re on a sinking ship, jump.

    Adios, anonymous. We barely knew ye.

    • LOL: HammerJack
  23. They are hiring H1 visa holders and dreamers. Great way to support all this woke nonsense, while not actually partaking in it with the blacks. Plus H1’s and dreamers are diversity in its purest form. Kind of a triple win.

  24. Experienced, results driven, Wealth Transfer Supervisor with a proven track record of success, looking for a challenging position to fulfill my potential.

  25. Escher says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    It’s the 21st century equivalent of keeping the local mafioso’s useless nephew on the payroll.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  26. anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Note to Young African Americans:

    Liberals are NOT your friends. They are NOT here to help you. You need to start punching them in the face, whenever it seems the slightest bit appropriate…

  27. @Achmed E. Newman

    Hey Achmed,

    Who’s going to do the work when everyone is a “chief diversity officer,” “diversity, inclusion and equity recruiter” or “DIE program manager”?

    Won’t all this extra overhead increase the price of whatever products and services these companies offer?

    As Mr. McKenna points out…

    The median base salary of a chief diversity and inclusion officer at U.S. companies with more than $3 billion in revenue is $350,000, according to research from the global consulting firm Mercer. The median total compensation, which also includes bonuses and long-term incentives, is $600,000.

    $600,000 in total compensation. That’s a “job” that just might be worth filing taxes for.

    As a white guy, am I eligible for one of these lucrative sinecures, or would that be yet another example of a white male co-opting the power of people of color?

    It seems like there would be more diversity and inclusion if they would let some white people in on the diversity and inclusion racket, but I wouldn’t want to abuse my white male privilege and take further opportunities and power away from those poor, oppressed people of color, peace be upon them.

    Asking for a friend. I know that I could never do this job as I have a strong aversion to bullshit and I do not speak corporate newspeak.

  28. Guest007 says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    I have always been surprised that some right of center pundit has not pointed out that Stacey Abrams seems to be out of casting central as the person from HR that makes your life miserable. If Stacey Abrams ever gains control of policy is in the U.S. , the federal government will function as a huge HR Department where they will keep track of what you do/write/say and either pundit you, send you for retraining, or reward you.

  29. @Wilkey

    She would shut you right down for trying to pirate her high-priced proprietary presentation — although you could try pulling an Eddie Haskell and saying “Your message of justice and inclusion is something every white person needs to hear!”

    • Replies: @Wilkey
  30. @Achmed E. Newman

    Big Biz must be doing pretty well to be able to afford this much more overhead. That’s all they are, including the ENTIRE HR departments, money-sucking OVERHEAD.

    The Chinese have got to be just laughing.

    They screw up–yes, they screwed up even if the virus project in question was NIH funded–tank the world economy and get a huge black eye.

    What do our elites do? Work with Trump to repatriate critical medical industry? Work to rebalance our trade? Work to revive American industry? Work to rein in immigration and insure jobs go to Americans during the recovery?

    Nope! All that would require thinking Americans were “our people”. (Or at least require “common sense”.)

    No, they ratchet up black–excuse me “Black”–victimology, anti-white lunacy and all the parasitic minoritarian shakedowns that are a huge tax on American productivity.

    All the Chinese have to do is sit back and watch the West implode. Ok, they can’t “sit back” they have to actually keep working, keep doing what they are doing. But all they have to do is keep doing it and they inherit world primacy as the West dies from minoritarian lunacy.

    If you didn’t know who our elites were you’d be tempted to think they were Chinese agents.

  31. Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein (she/her) might have what it takes to be an iSteve content creator.(?)

    “By the time I finished my Ph.D. in physics in 2011, I had figured out that discussions of diversity and inclusion weren’t about me at all.”

  32. @Jake

    the Yankee WASPs, who had assumed total control of the US

    Who had merely wrested it from overrepresented planters, who had been sending insurgent patrols into the white states since at least 1850. Be careful what you ask for… or of precedents you set yourself.

    using blacks as weapons

    Because they were available. And had already had representation in Congress, since 1789. Talk about using blacks as a weapon– South Carolina had twice as many districts as did Vermont, with the same amount of people. White people, that is.

    …whites that the WASP Elites hated and feared.

    Uh, there were two sets of “WASP elites”. The “Yankees” had been the slower of the two. But they had built a realm which white men from Europe and the British Isles found attractive enough into which to move. Thus, the white states outnumberd the others four-to-one.

    Except, of course, in the House of Representatives.

    The “fear” was just observation of the recent past, and the “hatred” just resentment.

    C’mon, Yakub… you could be the encyclopedia illustration for what Sam Francis called “an infantile disorder”.

  33. The last I checked, the University of Michigan’s “Diversity Division” had a staff of around 100 with an annual budget of around 10 million. It was loaded down with Associate and Assistant VPs pulling down over 100K per year. It’s heads claw, the VP for Diversity, Robert Sellers, was making in the order of 400 k per year plus benefits. What do they all do, you might ask? They talk about how wonderful diversity is, how you can’t have enough of it, and how loaded down with hate non-diversity folks, i.e., white folks are. Who said, “talk is cheap?”

  34. @PiltdownMan

    The CSA got revenge with its sack of Detroit 102 years later.

  35. Virginia police are searching for people posting flyers calling on residents to ‘pray for white Americans in 2020’

    There are plenty of jobs available to remove “religious handbills”

  36. @Adam Smith

    High pay for bureaucratic (unproductive) jobs is offset by lower pay for the more numerous, economically useful ones.

    In theory, the firm’s real jobs will then be filled by workers who deserve to be paid less.

    The firm’s overall productivity suffers, which should be reflected in a lagging stock price.

    • Replies: @Adam Smith
  37. Wilkey says:
    @Known Fact

    Playing an agent provocateur might indeed be the way to go.

  38. You do realize i contribute to the Feed Steve campaign. Why are my comments in moderation??. Like the Nick Cannon one on that related post of yours. “Loud Mouth Mutt” was not directed at you Steve.

    Tone and inflection should never be assed here.

    Just wondering.

    Do not post this comment.!!!

    • Replies: @bruce county
    , @HammerJack
  39. Voltarde says:

    In academia, one source of the DIE candidate pool (and the larger administrative sinecure pool) is the “trailing spouse” (TS) of the nepotistic twofer faculty hire. Such hires are common in all tiers of academic institutions, and with the use of maiden names, a new faculty member hire has to be very careful and discreetly determine who is whose TS. In many cases, as time passes the disparity of professional achievement between the couple in the faculty twofer hire can’t be hidden, and the TS ends up without their own research grant support. The academic department of the TS doesn’t want someone who isn’t bringing in indirect costs from grant funding, so the TS gets kicked upstairs to a DIE/admin role, a fate which the TS secretly resents. So what role can the TS play to make up for their disappointment? A role that’s ever more grandiose and malign against those who resemble their own successful leading spouse.

  40. @Abolish_public_education

    For how long should the more economically useful workers let the unproductive bureaucratic (parasitic) class lord over them and take the lions share of the surplus value from their labor?

    In theory (by the same “logic” albeit taken a bit further) the firms real jobs will be filled by workers who “deserve” to eat bugs, sleep in the rain and shit in the street.

    Interesting times.

  41. @bruce county

    You obviously don’t contribute enough!

    Also, never ask to have your comment withheld. He’s sort of perverse like that.

    • Thanks: bruce county
  42. @Adam Smith

    “As a white guy, am I eligible for one of these lucrative sinecures,…”

    Why yes you are!

    At the academic institution I work at about 10 years ago they brought in a White guy to give a diversity spiel about White privilege during some diversity meeting.

    This was a big optics situation as clearly The Powers That Be did not want a BIPOC saying this stuff and triggering us.

    Didn’t work. Tons of Boomer co-workers complained and when the Great Recession hit these diversity types did not have their contracts re-newed.

    Now the heat is on to try this stuff again since most of those Boomers have retired and institutions are flush with PPP cash to waste on this useless crud.

    Feel like I am living in the ’90s comedy film PCU.

  43. @Achmed E. Newman

    Ach, some employees, such as my daughter, had to take a cut in pay and see a reduction in bonus earned. Doesn’t make for a happy workforce.

  44. @Mr McKenna

    This sort of thing really rankles the rank-and-file (see Buffalo Joe’s comment). It also explains why stuff costs so much and part of why China is kicking our economic asses, as per Another Dad.

  45. @Escher

    Yeah, they were some colorful characters, at least … I was about to say, but I guess these people are colorful too, if you want to put it that way.

    Do they give them lawn chairs too, or do they have to stay in their cubes?

    I’m glad to see you’re not exerting yourself in this heat. Haha!

  46. @Adam Smith

    If you are an honest hardworking guy, you can’t handle the job, Smith!.

    Jeff in Oregon’s reply is very encouraging. Once a big enough group speak out that is too big to be shit-canned in one shot, then you can get these things changed.

    Power in numbers, people! Learn it! Live it!

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