Poverty and Ethnicity in the Labour Market

Debbie Weekes-Bernard
29th Sep 2017

This round up brings together the key evidence relating to the link between poverty and ethnicity in the UK labour market.

The UK poverty rate is twice as high for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups as for white groups. This round up finds that there are a number of drivers for the high BME poverty rate:

  • higher unemployment
  • higher rates of economic inactivity
  • higher likelihood of lower pay
  • geographic location
  • migration status, and
  • educational attainment

It also highlights key solutions for employers, local authorities, education support services and city regions to take on board.



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