Ethnic Minority People told to lower Career Aspirations
A study has found that a large number of ethnic minority people in the UK are being prevented from meeting career expectations.
It is has been revealed that a large number of ethnic minority workers have been advised to be “more realistic” about their career aspirations.
The Equality Group commissioned a study that looks into UK ethnic minority people, their career aspirations and the inequalities that BAME people face in the workplace.
They found that 55% of ethnic minority workers have been told to be “more realistic” about their career aspirations.
While 59% aspire to be on the board, only two per cent make it and 46% were advised to take on a career which is not relevant to their skills or interests.
These statistics make it unsurprising that 50% do not have leadership role models who are from ethnic minority backgrounds.
The research is based on industry data which shows only 84 of the 1,048 directors in the FTSE100 are from an ethnic minority background.
It shows the damning reality preventing almost 8 million ethnic workers attempting to succeed in the UK’s professional arena.
This is a drop in the number of ethnic minority Directors in the UK’s 100 largest companies.
The underrepresentation of relevant role models and the lack of identification that BAME citizens have with authority figures is down to the underrepresentation of ethnic minority citizens on boards.
Hephzi Pemberton, the founder of Equality Group, said:
“This report makes it clear that ethnic minority students have strong support structures available to them throughout their educational careers. However, there seems to be a significant deficit upon entering the world of work.
“This research indicates that young ethnic minority students have significant levels of professional aspiration, supported by an educational infrastructure, that should, in theory, enable them to excel within their chosen professional careers.”
The research found that over 3 million ethnic minority citizens said that they had family and friends who they considered aspirational in relation to their career progression.
Fifty per cent of ethnic minority respondents were the first generation within their family to attend university. This is compared to 26% of non-ethnic respondents.
Ms Pemberton added:
“This is far from the reality when assessing the UK’s BAME representation at senior management, board and director level.
“It is a shocking reality that in 2018, the workplace does not nurture and support BAME talent in a manner that reflects the undeniable aspirations prominent in this community.”
Two-and-a-half million people from ethnic minority said that they would feel supported if there is ethnic minority representation at director level.
They believe it would help their career progression in a fairer manner.
“As a society of business leaders, decision-makers, professionals and commentators, we have an obligation to ensure that intention is met with action to ensure the UK’s workforce, in its entirety, has access to a democratised career ladder that promotes inclusion for all at every level.”