Race Equality in the UK

This page covers

- the legacy of Race Equality Legislation and Policy in the UK;
- it’s impact on organisations and individuals; and
- provide you with some useful resources that will help you to understand how the legislation works in practice, understand your legal duties and consider any practical changes that you may be required to make to ensure that you are able to demonstrate that you are meeting those duties.

Race at work

The McGregor-Smith Review Race in the workplace 2017 report.

The headline findings show that:

1 in 8 of the working age population were from a BME background.

In 2015, 1 in 8 of the working age population were from a BME background, yet BME individuals make up only 10% of the workforce and hold only 6% of top management positions.

62.8% - The employment rate for ethnic minorities.

The employment rate for ethnic minorities is only 62.8% compared with an employment rate for White workers of 75.6% – a gap of over 12 percentage points. This gap is even worse for some ethnic groups, for instance the employment rate for those from a Pakistani or Bangladeshi background is only 54.9%.

15.3% BME background underemployment rate.

People with a BME background have an underemployment rate of 15.3% compared with 11.5% for White workers. These people would like to work more hours than they currently do.

All BME groups are more likely to be overqualified than White ethnic groups but White employees are more likely to be promoted than all other groups.

  • TUC Racism in the workplace survey findings:

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