Thursday, December 27, 2018

Racism in Pay

Britain's black and ethnic minority workers face a "pay penalty" and earn less than white colleagues in the same jobs, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation which says overall the 1.6m BAME workers are paid about £3.2bn less than their white counterparts every year.

It noted that BAME workers have long earned less, on average, than white male workers, due in part due to differences in qualification levels and the types of jobs they do.

But the foundation said its "pay penalty" calculation took into account factors including industry sector, occupations, contract types, education level and degree attainment of individual workers.

The foundation's research says the biggest impact was on black male graduates, who were paid 17%, or £3.90 an hour, less compared to their white peers.

Pakistani and Bangladeshi male graduates earned an average of 12% less an hour, while among female graduates, black women were said to face a pay penalty of £1.62 an hour, or 9%.

Among non-graduates, Pakistani and Bangladeshi men were reported to be the worst affected. The research said they earned £1.91 an hour, or 14%, less than white colleagues, with black male non-graduates £1.31 an hour, or 9%, worse off.
Kathleen Henehan, research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: "A record number of young BAME workers have degrees, and a record number are in work. However, despite this welcome progress, many... face significant disadvantages in the workplace."

It used data from a survey of 100,000 people over 10 years.

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