Governments failed to help jobless ethnic minorities

Sep 03, 2013

New figures from the 2011 Census show successive Government policies have had little impact on the high levels of joblessness among some ethnic minority groups.

The grim picture is revealed by a team at The University of Manchester based at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).

According to their Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded analysis of people aged 25 to 49, White ethnic groups – with the exception of the Gypsy or Irish Traveller group – are significantly advantaged in the when compared with other ethnic groups.

Only Indian and Black Caribbean women had similar rates of participation in the labour market to the White ethnic groups.

And, of those in the , Pakistani men had unemployment rates that were one and a half times the figure for White British men and Black Caribbean men an that was almost three times as high.

Pakistani women were more than three times as likely to be unemployed than White British women, and Black Caribbean women were more than twice as likely.

But it was the Gypsy or Irish Traveller group who were the most disadvantaged: a huge 16% of men and 19% of women were unemployed: both five times the equivalent White British rate.

The project is led by Professor James Nazroo and Dharmi Kapadia, both based at CoDE.

Professor Nazroo said: "Ethnic minority groups have a history of lower employment and higher unemployment rates than the White majority.

"Over the past decade The Department of Work and Pensions has rolled out many initiatives to address these inequalities.

"But our analysis of the 2011 Census shows the success of these initiatives has been limited, failing to make any serious impact on ."

Miss Kapadia said: "There are many reasons for . These include discrimination in the education and employment sectors and regional variations in job markets. Other explanations include the decline of certain industries leading to variations in the fit between skills and job opportunities across ethnic groups.

"However, for the Arab group it is clear that lower economic activity rates partly reflect the high rates of participation in full-time education: 18% for Arab men - 13 times the national average - and 14% for Arab women - 8 times the national average.

"And for the White Gypsy or Irish Traveller group, there were high levels of sickness or disability: 14.5% for men in this age group and 13.5% for , both more than three times the national average.

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More information: www.ethnicity.ac.uk/census/

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Squirrel
1 / 5 (4) Sep 04, 2013
Junk in, junk out--the 2011 Census at best only provides self described work categories. While a guide, this information is limited not least by how different ethnic groups understand such categories. Better to go on statistics compiled by Job centres and other employment organizations.
dtxx
1.8 / 5 (5) Sep 04, 2013
[quote]Only Indian men and Black Caribbean women had similar rates of participation in the labour market to the White ethnic groups.[/quote]

Working in IT I've considered learning a few phrases in Indian just to get a laugh. But the Indian engineers I frequently find myself working with are usually pretty good and I can't really fault them. They will know routing protocols or firmware or whatever it is inside and out. My colleagues like to bash them pretty hard over a few beers.

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