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Inequality: Highly-educated minorities in UK losing out in workplaces ─Report

*Inequalities report reveals the ethnic minorities are less likely to be employed, as occupations are not commensurate with their level of educational success

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Second-generation ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom (UK) have fared much better in education than their White majority counterparts despite having much less advantaged backgrounds.

However, in a mark apparent inequality in the country, these highly-educated minorities are less likely to be employed, according to a new research.

The report of the research is said to have been used four decades of UK census data to track outcomes across generations.

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The data would enable employers to “identify, consider and address” barriers faced by ethnic minorities in the workplace.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the UK.-born children of immigrant parents had achieved “great success” in education ─ in sharp contrast to most ethnic minorities in other European countries ─ but had not experienced commensurate gains in the workplace, Bloomberg report said.

Prof. Lucinda Platt of the London School of Economics (LSE) and co-author of the report, said: “We should celebrate their remarkable success in education, but ask hard questions about why this does not translate into equal success in the world of work.

“Attempts to oversimplify by putting poorer labor market performance down solely to less advantaged backgrounds on the one hand, or discrimination on the other, fail to recognize that both are relevant.”

It was learnt that the report, which is part of the Deaton Review of Inequalities, was published days after the UK’s largest business group, Confederation of British Industry, co-signed a letter to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

It actually seeks mandatory reporting on ethnic pay gaps and going beyond the recommendations made in April by a commission on race and ethnic disparities in the European country.

Second-generation Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean men and women are all more likely to be highly educated than their white majority counterparts, the IFS report said.

They nonetheless face overall lower levels of employment; and while they have about the same chance of attaining professional or managerial jobs, they have not reaped the rewards their qualifications would usually be expected to produce, according to report.

The results showed a “varied and complex” picture also showing differences between and within minority groups in the UK, the researchers said.

Pratt also stated that the findings should invite “further reflection on the processes that suppress social mobility even in the face of educational mobility and why these differ for men and women of the same ethnicity.”

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