Many often talk about the effects of one’s race or gender on the likelihood of receiving a raise at work, but which effects your chances more?
The Harvard Business Review recently shared a study about how gender and race factor in when one is asking for a raise. As it turns out, women are at a disadvantage across the board.
Although, by and large, white males are most likely to ask for a raise, men of all races leave their female counterparts behind.
According to Jezebel,
In the percentage of people who have asked for a raise surveyed, 75.5 % of white men had, versus 49.6% of white women. Of black men surveyed, 64.9% had asked for a raise versus 47.4% of black women. The racial/gender group that appeared least likely to ask for a raise were Asian women, at just 40.8%, with Asian men at 51.8%.
To a certain degree, it seems that people are also more comfortable asking for a raise if the person sitting in front of them actually looks like them — whether that be race or gender. However, this is very difficult for minorities to find.
More than a third of female respondents believe they’ve been passed up for a raise on account of their gender or race. Perhaps women feel they are less likely to be rejected if the person across the negotiation table looks like them. While white women were most likely to think their gender played a role in a denied raise request, non-white women were more likely to believe a raise was denied due to their race or a combination of factors.