A new report from Race for Opportunity has been published providing ground-breaking insight into the workplace experiences of BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) people in the UK in 2015.
In the UK today, BAME people are under-represented at every management level in the workplace. One in eight of the working age population is from a BAME background, yet only one in ten are in the workplace and only one in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person (‘Race at the Top’, Business in the Community, June 2014).
‘Race at Work’ provides us with greater understanding of the issues around this under-representation of ethnic minorities in the workplace and at senior levels. This report is the result of a survey which was completed by 24,457 BAME and white employees aged 16 and over and currently in employment in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland).
Race at Work finds that ethnic minorities’ experiences of workplace processes and culture are still not equal to their white peers. As a result, the report includes simple practical recommendations to employers to support them in addressing this.
Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community, says:
“The changing demographic of the UK workforce – its age, its education background and its ethnicity – means that employers need to ensure that they are creating workplaces that truly are equal for all in work today, tomorrow and beyond. Race at Work paints a clear picture that it is time for action now.”
To read the full report, click here.