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The most inclusive LGBTQ+ cities in Australia and New Zealand according to the latest employment figures

  • Sydney & Melbourne is the most inclusive Australian city with 64.9% of job ads actively promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity
  • Travel & Social Work, Charity, Consultancy & Teaching are the top 5 most inclusive sectors
  • Auckland is the most inclusive New Zealand city with 49.2% of job ads actively promoting LGBTQ+ inclusivity

For Pride Month 2021 taking place throughout June, Adzuna analysed nearly 9.7million job vacancies across 10 different countries that host major Pride parades to reveal the cities and countries most inclusive for the LGBTQ+ community. 

Sydney and Melbourne are the most inclusive cities for LGBTQ+ job seekers in Australia, according to new research from global job search engine Adzuna

64.9% of job ads in Sydney and Melbourne (representing 19,204 openings) are inclusive to the LGBTQ+ community, meaning they actively promote diversity in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, two-thirds (63%) of same-sex couples lived in New South Wales or Victoria, compared to 57% of all couples.

Internationally, Sydney and Melbourne ranks in the top 10 in the analysis for LGBTQ+ job ad inclusivity, behind German cities Cologne (87%) and Berlin (81%). Overall, 34.4% of Australian job ads actively promote inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community, behind Germany, New Zealand but ahead of the UK, US and others.

Top 5 sectors which are LGBTQ+ inclusive

The research also shows jobs with at least 50% which actively promoting diversity in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation.

  1. Travel
  2. Social Work
  3. Charity
  4. Consultancy
  5. Teaching

Sectors with at least 40% LGBTQ+ inclusive jobs

  • Maintenance Jobs
  • Energy, Oil & Gas
  • Scientific & QA
  • HR & Recruitment
  • Admin

Table 1: Most LGBTQ+ Inclusive Hiring Sectors in Australia

Sectors% of LGBTQ+ Jobs
Travel Jobs67%
Social Work56%
Charity & Voluntary Jobs55%
Consultancy Jobs
Teaching 53%
Maintenance Jobs
Energy, Oil & Gas43%
Scientific & QA43%
Other/General Jobs42%
HR & Recruitment42%
Admin 40%
Graduate 39%
Healthcare & Nursing
Legal Jobs36%
IT Jobs34%
PR, Advertising & Marketing 34%
Sales 31%
Creative & Design 29%
Retail jobs
Trade & Construction
Accounting & Finance
Logistics & Warehouse
Hospitality & Catering 10%

Tejas Deshpande, Country Manager of Adzuna, comments:
“There is about 34.4% of ads who actively show support for the LGBTQ+ community meaning much more needs to be done to support diverse hiring and encourage equality. On the global playing field, Australia and New Zealand ranks in the top 3 of countries who have the most LGBTQ+ Inclusive countries in the world. Most of the Australian and New Zealand employers are already showing allies to the LGBTQ+ community by showing open support for its members throughout the hiring process and by creating more inclusive work environments. Encouraging a culturally rich workforce by supporting different diverse groups into jobs is crucial to strive towards wider equality. Jobseekers are becoming more discerning and are increasingly looking for statements of support for minority groups when applying for roles. Broadening the talent pool is also a great way to bring different perspectives and ideas to a company.”

Table 2: Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland named as one of the most LGBTQ+ Inclusive Hiring Cities in the World

City Country% of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21 Total LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21
Cologne DE 86.8%12,003
Berlin DE 80.6%37,590
Seattle US 72.2%24,527
Auckland NZ 49.2%1,665
Chicago US 39.1%17,955
Melbourne AU 34.9%9,055
Washington DC US 34.4%2,588
San FranciscoUS 32.3%8,016
Sydney AU 30.0%10,149
New York City US 23.7% 12,736
Sao PauloBR9.7%3,819
London UK9.4%16,751
Newcastle-Upon-Tyne UK8.3%456
Rio de JaneiroBR8.1%880
Brighton UK6.9% 259
Milan IT5.2%1,293
Turin IT1.7%151

Table 3: Australia and New Zealand Versus Other Countries


% of LGBTQ+ Inclusive Job Ads, May ‘21
Germany 87.4%
New Zealand 53.8%
Australia 34.4%
US 26.7%
UK 5.8%
Brazil 3.7%
Italy 1.3%
The Netherlands 0.5%