Ethnic diversity in business

Ethnic diversity in business

While progress has been made in recent years, ethnic diversity - in walks of life - still lags. Baroness McGregor-Smith’s review into race in the workplace and Sir John Parker’s review into ethnic diversity on boards highlight just some of the challenges. For example:  

  • The employment rate for ethnic minorities is only 62.8% compared with an employment rate for White workers of 72.6% - a gap of over 12 percentage points. 

  • All BME groups are more likely to be overqualified than White ethnic groups but White employees are more likely to be promoted than all other groups.

  • 53 out of the FTSE 100 companies do not have any directors from a BME background. 

Our members met with both Baroness McGregor-Smith and Sir John Parker to share their experiences and put forward practical solutions. We believe that jobs transform lives and so we are committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to succeed. Employers and recruiters have a special responsibility to create inclusive workplaces and to ensure good recruitment practices.

We are committed to working with both review teams to implement their recommendations and ensure the recruitment industry is at the forefront of this agenda. 

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