BAME Workers in Key Roles doubles in UK
Analysis has found that the number of workers from ethnic minority backgrounds in key roles has more than doubled in the UK.
According to analysis from a campaign group, the number of workers from ethnic minority backgrounds in key roles has more than doubled over the past four years.
Data collated by Operation Black Vote (OBV) revealed that as of July 23, 2021, there were up to 73 BAME people occupying positions throughout the top political, public, cultural and media sectors.
This is more than twice the 36 public figures found by the same campaigners in 2017.
Despite the positive figures, it has been said that “the struggle continues”.
According to figures from Diversity UK, approximately 14% of the UK’s population are from a BAME background.
Among the list of 1,100 key roles, it shows 6.3% were from ethnic minorities, with only 1.6% BAME women.
In 2017, 3.4% were from ethnic minorities and just 0.7% were BAME women.
Significant changes have been seen in politics from both the Labour and Conservative parties.
In his government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed up to six cabinet members and seven ministers from a BAME background.
Labour also recorded a significant number with four BAME mayors and 11 council leaders.
Further smaller changes were identified in the education sector as up to six people from ethnic minority backgrounds are vice-chancellors and appointed to university.
Meanwhile, up to three people from ethnic minority backgrounds are now at top NHS trusts.
Six more people take up senior positions at FTSE 100 firms.
However, non-white people continue to be underrepresented in top positions in the police, supreme court and the security services.
Simon Woolley, director and co-founder of OBV, believes the death of George Floyd and the surge of the Black Lives Matters movement in summer 2020, had prompted different organisations to have uncomfortable conversations around race inequality.
He told The Guardian:
“These conversations had almost never been heard before.”
“OBV’s groundbreaking data would suggest that those conversations are now translating into real change in regards to what power looks like.”
However, Mr Woolley said the Colour of Power data also “painfully highlighted” those categories where there is still “zero progress or glacial change”.
He added: “The challenge and hope is to keep the positive momentum going from strength to strength.
“That must include conversation, acknowledgement and positive action.
“When this occurs everyone benefits.”
Ashok Viswanathan, the Colour of Power coordinator, said the project had seen significant change since the 2017 poll but there was still work to be done.
He said: “Regretfully there are some institutions that are still solely white and largely male four years on and after the summer of Black Lives Matter. The struggle continues.”