New research has highlighted the extent of inequality in the UK.
A report published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that black and Asian workers are more likely to be unemployed than other racial groups.
The TUC’s analysis of official statistic showed that the unemployment rate for white workers with degrees is 2.3 per cent, but 5.9 per cent for ethnic groups.
Speaking about the findings, Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC said: “The harsh reality is that even now black and Asian people, regardless of their qualifications and experience, are far more likely to be unemployed and lower paid than white people.
“Whether they have PhDs or GCSEs, BAME workers have a much tougher time in the jobs market. Not only is this wrong, but it is a huge waste of talent. Companies that only recruit from a narrow base are missing out on the wide range of experiences on offer from Britain’s many different communities.”
The research showed that black and asian workers with A-level equivalents including trade apprenticeships and vocations are 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts.
Furthermore, BAME workers with GCSE equivalents and basic level qualifications are more than twice as likely to be out of work.
As a result of the findings, the TUC has asked the government to develop a race equality strategy in order to close inequality gaps.
Ms O’Grady added: “The government’s taskforce on racism must make it harder for discriminating employers to get away with their prejudices, and also ensure that far more is done to improve access to the best courses and institutions for BAME young people.”
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