INFOGRAPHIC: SA ranks 26th as most welcoming country for LGBT workers

2018-07-05 06:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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LGBTQI travellers have to take caution when emigrating or touring in countries where their sexual orientation could put them at risk.

South Africa is one of the countries where LGBTQI travellers are welcome not only for holidays, but also for permanent relocation.

SEE: 5 things to know about LGBT travellers

In the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index compiled by Silver Swan Recruitment South Africa ranked at number 26 in the world for LGBT workers.

Based on various factors including anti-discrimination laws, average salary and LGBT equality in the country as a whole, SA came out in the top 30 in a study that included 75 countries.

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In addition to being LGBT-friendly for those who wish to work in SA, Mzansi currently holds a score of 68 out of 100 in a handy data website that measures safety for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and gender queer people in different countries.

Based on this tool, SA scored full marks for Marriage Equality, Sexual Activity Laws and Anti-Discrimination Laws, but received 50% for Gender Identity Protections (when you identify as a different gender than your birth-assigned sex) and Social Media Sentiment. However, according to Destination Pride, this is only a guide and should not be used as an 'absolute safety rating system'.

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Best countries for LGBT workers

The top country in the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index is Luxembourg which not only offers LGBT employees high minimum wage and low unemployment rate, but according to the Gay Travel Index, it is recognised as one of the most LGBT-friendly countries.

Luxembourg was followed by Australia, New Zealand, Monaco and France in the study’s top five.

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The five lowest-ranking countries are Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Afghanistan and Kenya (which is the least welcoming of LGBT workers). Click here to see how all the participating countries in the study ranked.

How countries were ranked:

To compile the Index, the recruitment company reviewed six key factors: LGBT laws and rights, LGBT employment laws, minimum wage, unemployment rate, average salary, LGBT-friendliness.

Each country was awarded a score from 0-3 per category, with 3 being the best score, and category scores were then added for the total index score.

The top 30 scoring countries were awarded a spot on the LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index – check them out in the infographic:

LGBT Worldwide Workplace Index