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The effectiveness of employment equality policies in the UK


Research evidence from a recent International Labour Organisation report shows the increasing differentiation between ethnic groups in the character of their employment experiences.

It also shows that despite the success, both educationally and in employment terms, of large sections of Britain’s ethnic minority communities, when judged alongside their white peers they are still seen to carry the burden of an ‘ethnic penalty’. In other words, ethnic minorities are steadily getting better jobs but are doing so to a lesser extent than white people with the same qualifications.

Research on the processes and structures of ethnic and racial discrimination provides part of the explanation as to how this ethnic penalty is paid.

The full (102 page) report is available in .pdf format (requiring Adobe Acrobat reader) from the ILO website

The effectiveness of employment equality policies in relation to immigrants and ethnic minorities in the UK

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