We have received these important findings from the communications company working for a research group a Manchester University:
Better qualified but fewer opportunities
The British workplace is not as fair as many assume it to be. That is the implication of a comprehensive report compiled by the University of Manchester’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity. It concludes that white ethnic groups have a clear advantage in the labour market, despite non-white people out-attaining them educationally.
For example, Indian, Bangladeshi, Irish, Chinese and black African students are more likely to obtain five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C than their white counterparts. In higher education, over 40% of Britain’s Chinese, Indian and Black African groups have degree-level qualifications, compared with just 26% of white people.
Some of these well-educated members of minority groups do, of course, manage to fight their way into clerical, professional and managerial employment. However, the vast majority are facing what the report’s authors called “significant barriers to enjoying the levels of social mobility of their white British peers”.
Indeed, statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that unemployment among ethnic minority groups is rising rather than falling. Between 2012 and 2013, it increased from 13% to 14% – compared with the country’s overall figures of 8% and 7% respectively.
This infographic explores the data.