Race review reveals BAME Candidates more likely to face Unemployment

Race review reveals BAME Candidates more likely to face Unemployment

“Uncomfortable” findings were discovered in a government-led race review, showing BAME candidates are more likely to be unemployed than others.

The UK government has led a new, breakthrough review, exploring race in modern-day Britain. With the findings set for release, it paints a worrying picture for BAME candidates in many state-funded organisations.

The most shocking of all lies in employment. The study found that BAME candidates are twice as likely to be unemployed than others. They had an unemployment rate of 8%. For comparison, the unemployment rate for white Britons stands at 4.6%; a staggering difference.

On the flip side, the employment rates for white and BAME candidates mark as 75.7% and 63.9% respectively. This portrays a severe imbalance between the two demographics. One that hinders society’s aim to become diverse.

The race review didn’t just look at jobs and employment; it also explored education. Amongst headteachers, only 1 in 10 came from an ethnic background. In terms of BAME pupils, 3 in 5 entered into university in 2016. Making them twice as likely to go than their white peers.

Lastly, those from ethnic backgrounds were less likely to own their own homes. Overall, these statistics create a concerning outlook on UK society.

The public will have access to these findings on 10th October 2017. A website, entitled Ethnicity Facts and Figures, will go live and display the full report.

Commissioned by Theresa May, the review began in 2016, shortly after the Prime Minister entered in office. She found the results “uncomfortable” but likened them to “holding up a mirror to our society”.

She will also release commentary on the review. However, some have expressed concerns in the potential aftermath. For example, Home Secretary Amber Rudd had reportedly warned of triggering social unrest in cabinet discussions.

In contrast, others feel a report of this nature is necessary for improving diversity. Rebecca Hilsenrath, Equality and Human Rights Commissioner Chief Executive, said:

“No matter how uncomfortable the findings, we must not shy away from them. Race inequality is entrenched in our society and we need to stop deluding ourselves that it will somehow improve without sustained and coordinated effort on our part.”

As a result of these findings, the government will launch a series of mentoring and apprenticeship programmes. Targeting key “hot spots”, they hope they can tackle the imbalance between BAME candidates and their peers.

They will also work with businesses, helping them create diverse workplaces and become inclusive for all. Theresa May commented on the race review:

“In doing this ground-breaking work we are holding a mirror up to our society. The idea itself is not new — Charles Booth’s maps of rich and poor areas in Victorian London drew attention to hardship that was too often hidden — but this focus on how ethnicity affects people’s lives will present findings that are uncomfortable.

“Britain has come a long way in my lifetime in spreading equality and opportunity, but this audit will be definitive evidence of how far we must still go.”

Ethnicity Facts and Figures will be available to access on 10th October 2017. The government have plans to expand the website, but this will likely take place in upcoming years.

However, the public will surely feel keen to view the report itself and the figures. It will certainly provide businesses a better understanding of the imbalance BAME candidates may experience. Companies can then begin to rethink on how they create an inclusive workplace. Removing potential barriers that those from ethnic backgrounds could face.