Paying for Unfairness

The Guardian reports, ‘The TUC analysed figures from the Office for National Statistics Labour Force Survey and found black workers with a degree were paid £4.30 an hour less on average than white graduates.

Staff from all ethnic minority backgrounds faced a 10% pay deficit at degree level, rising to 17% for those with A-levels alone.

The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, told the Independent: “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.”

The union called for the government to tackle pay discrimination.

The figures follow a study by the Resolution Foundation last month that found ethnic minority people have lower employment rates than other groups.’

The thinktank said the employment gap between the best and worst performing regions of the UK was 11%, but for black, Asian and minority-ethnic (BAME) people the figure was 26%.’ click here.