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Graduate BAME workers in UK two and half times more likely to be unemployed – TUC

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Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers with degrees continue to have a much tougher time in the UK jobs market.

Construction workerA new analysis published by the TUC shows that BAME workers with degrees are two and half times more likely to be unemployed than white graduates.

While the unemployment rate for white workers with degrees is 2.3%, that for BAME graduates is 5.9%.

The findings reveal that at every level of education, jobless rates are much higher for BAME workers.

BAME workers with A-level equivalents including trade apprenticeships and vocations are 3.2 times more likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts.

And BAME workers with GCSE equivalents and basic level qualifications are more than twice as likely to be out of work.

A previous TUC analysis revealed that black workers with degrees are paid nearly a quarter less than their white peers – the equivalent of £4.33 an hour.

“The harsh reality is that even now black and Asian people, regardless of their qualifications and experience, are far more likely to be unemployed and lower paid than white people,” TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said. “Whether they have PhDs or GCSEs, BAME workers have a much tougher time in the jobs market. Not only is this wrong, but it is a huge waste of talent. Companies that only recruit from a narrow base are missing out on the wide range of experiences on offer from Britain’s many different communities.”

She urged the government’s taskforce on racism to “make it harder for discriminating employers to get away with their prejudices, and also ensure that far more is done to improve access to the best courses and institutions for BAME young people.”

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