UK government figures have revealed that ethnic minorities are more likely to secure elite professional and managerial roles, the Sunday Times has reported. An analysis of data from the 2011 census has indicated that 10.3% of minorities are likely to hold these postions against 9.8% if you are White British.
Within this, those of Indian origin are the most successful in holding these Class 1 positions, with 15.4% in high managerial, administrative jobs as well as professions such as doctors and lawyers. This is followed by those of Chinese origin at 12.8%. However only 6.6% of Pakistanis and 4.2% of Bangladeshis are in Class 1 and black Africans and black Carribeans are only at 7.5 and 6.2% respectively.
The results form part of a report by Demos as part of the launch of their Integration Hub (DIH), to be released later in the week. It found that half of Bangladeshi men worked in restaurants, one quarter of Pakistani men were taxi drivers and 41% of doctors come from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the statistics told a “good story about modern Britain and that diversity is actually adding to our stock of talent”.
The report paints a picture of the strides that equality has taken, as well as the inequalities which need to be addressed.