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Time to tackle ethnic minority graduate employment gap

Responding to the latest TUC findings that black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) workers with degrees are two and a half times more likely to be unemployed, Dr Debbie Weekes Bernard, head of research at the race equality think-tank Runnymede Trust, said:


"This latest analysis backs up previous research from the Runnymede Trust showing ethnic minority young people facing high levels of discrimination in the jobs market after graduating. This is a shocking figure that demands an urgent response from government.


"Our own research looked at individual ethnicities and found that every single BAME group was more likely to be unemployed after graduation compared to their white counterparts, with Pakistani and Bangladeshi graduates faring the worst.


"We found that British Caribbean graduates were more likely to take non-professional jobs below their qualification level, and that there was also a significant earnings gap between BAME graduates and white graduates."


The TUC research, released and press released yesterday, shows that the unemployment rate for white workers with a degree is 2.3%, while for BAME graduates this rises to 5.9%. The TUC's analysis is based on ONS Labour Force Survey figures for 2015.


The earlier Runnymede Trust research was published in a briefing 'When education isn't enough', and was based on analysis of data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency. You can read it here:



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