More Focus needed on British Asian Contribution

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Industries and societies must talk more about race. This also includes a greater focus on the contribution of British Asian people.

More focus is needed on race. This includes British Asian contribution.

The group Reboot was created to support more dialogue on race and ethnicity in the UK.

It was launched in January 2021 and Baroness Helena Morrissey said that “2021 is the year for action”.

Race within the workplace still remains a primary focus, but there is still a lot to do as society collectively strives for long-term, actionable change.

Profit margins, reputations and the culture of an organisation are now so heavily intertwined that diversity is not just a “nice to have”, but a business imperative.

In the UK, race has never been spoken about so openly.

The government has dropped the term BAME, realising it had its limits when talking about the multi-dimensions of race and ethnicity.

The term did have its uses, but as the conversation evolved, it can mask complexities and impede progress.

By better understanding these complexities, organisations can improve their chances of achieving change.

Asia is the most populous continent in the world. India and China represent more than one-third of the world’s population.

In the UK, British Asian people represent the largest group under the BAME umbrella at 7.5%.

The largest non-white ethnic minority groups by country in the UK are all ‘Asian’.

  • British Indian – 2.5%
  • British Pakistanis – 2%
  • British Bangladeshis – 0.8%
  • British Chinese – 0.7%

In comparison, black British citizens represent 3.4% of the population.

  • Black African – 1.8%
  • Black Caribbean – 1.1%
  • Black ‘Other’ – 0.5%

Just over two per cent are classed as ‘mixed’.

The variety of heritages highlight how counterproductive it is to bundle a range of individuals.

A third of British Indians have professional jobs, much higher than the 21% national average.

But only 18% of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are similarly employed. This is the lowest percentage of workers in ‘professional’ jobs by any ethnic group.

Around 11% of both Indian and white British workers are in ‘manager, director or senior official’ jobs, the highest percentage out of all ethnic groups.

British Indians have the highest average hourly pay of all ethnic groups (£13.46). This is closely followed by British Chinese.

On the other hand, Pakistani and Bangladeshi ethnic group members earn just £9.62, the lowest.

Chinese and Indian women have similar levels of pay to their white counterparts.

However, black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women have the lowest pay for all three groups.

The majority of people from Indian and white ethnic groups are most likely to be in sustained work, in study or in both five years after graduating.

Around one in 10 can say this from the black ‘other’ and Pakistani groups.

While British Indian and Chinese workers hit the high numbers on paper, research, experience and evidence show they still face prejudice in the workplace for their ethnicity.