Studies Show that Ethnic Minority Graduates are Less Likely to Have Jobs than White Peers


    New analysis have revealed that graduates with black, Asian or minority-ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are less likely to have jobs compared to their white peers.

    A study that was made by The Resolution Foundation discovered that despite a higher proportion of BAME people earning degrees, they meet “employment and pay penalties”.

    Pakistani and Bangladeshi graduates are 12 percent less likely to be employed compared to white British graduates.

    While Black Caribbean and Indian graduates have a jobs gap of around 5 percent.

    The proportion of working-age people with degrees has risen across all ethnic groups, from 12 percent in 1996-1999 to 30 percent in 2014-2017.

    Since the close of the 1990s, the numbers of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Indian people that have degrees have more than trebled to 30 percent, and 25 percent, and 50 percent, respectively.

    The proportion of white British people that have degrees have also risen over the same period, although less rapidly from 12 percent to 28 percent.

    Kathleen Henehan who is from the think tank stated that the increasing numbers of those attending university were a “success story of recent decades.”

    Henehan continued: “The progress made by black and ethnic minority groups is astounding, with the share of Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi graduates trebling in less than 20 years.

    ”But despite this success, graduates from a black and ethnic minority background still face significant employment and pay penalties in the workforce.

    “These labour market disadvantages are a big living standards concern and mean we risk failing to make the most of the investment made in their education.”