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Posted on March 23, 2017

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BMEs still have disadvantages in employment even if they have good qualifications; Friederike Schmiedeskamp reports
In London it is still harder for young black and minority ethnic (BME) men to get a job. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found in 2016 the unemployment rate of BME young male graduates was about 18% in the capital. This is compared to their white counterparts whose rate was just 10%.

The BBC conducted research by contacting some of London’s top graduate employers in areas of banking, accounting, medical, legal and retail.

Eleven companies out of 50 provided data of employment for black men specifically. Those companies recruited 1,803 graduates in 2016 and only 30 of them were black.

“We’ve set a target to increase BME employment by 20% by 2020, and remain firmly committed to that,” said a spokesperson of the Department for Work and Pension.

Nevertheless the gap is closing. The spokesperson continued, “The employment rate for ethnic minorities is at record high, with 80,000 more people in London finding work in the last year alone.”

BME people are not only disadvantaged when it comes to unemployment, there are also inequalities in areas such as income and housing

In London nowadays about 3.3 million people belong to the BME community. With a population of approximately 8.6 million inhabitants in the capital they make up nearly 40 percent.

But BME people are not only disadvantaged when it comes to unemployment, there are also inequalities in areas such as income and housing.

A Middlesex University report in 2011 found that, a higher percentage of white people (59.9%) live in owner-occupied, or shared ownership houses. Black/Black British people are more likely to live in social rented accommodations (almost half, 47.6%).

Even if people from BME groups do have the necessary qualifications, they are less paid than white people with the same educational background. Figures from the ONS also reveal that black workers earn £4.30 per hour less on average than white graduates.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said, “These are very worrying findings. Black and Asian people face a massive pay gap, even if they have a degree. This is not about education, but about the systemic disadvantages ethnic minority workers face in the UK.”

What I think
In my opinion it’s a shame that the colour of your skin still matters when you’re applying for a job. It’s not fair that people are treated differently when it comes to job opportunities just because of their origin.

Another fact that made me a bit angry while researching is that most surveys and statistics do not include females, so they lose a bit of informative value.

Hopefully there will be more fairness in the future, and no racism, sexism or other forms of suppression.

Friederike Schmiedeskamp
Friederike is very passionate about all kinds of art, and imagines her future job in an artistic area. She wants to meet new people, to discover different cultures and to get to know the beauty of living.

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One Response to It’s harder for black people to get a job than white people

  1. shakira393 March 24, 2017 at 10:32 am #

    It seems the gap between the unemployment of black and white people is closing- and only 11 companies out of the 50 surveyed had less than a third of their workforce made up of black people… Also Why didn’t they include women in their statistics? They just missed out half of the people doing jobs…

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