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Calls for responses to UK’s largest ever race at work survey

RACE SURVEY: Employees can take part up until May 2

EMPLOYEES FROM across the country are being urged to take part in the UK’s largest ever survey of race at work.

Commissioned by Business in the Community, the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, the Race at Work survey has already received responses, but numbers are lower than expected, making it particularly important that more employees take part.

Sandra Kerr OBE, race equality director at Business in the Community, said: “As a country where 20% of the resident population are from an ethnic minority background, it is particularly important that people have their say about race at work.

“The reality is that the future workforce of the area will reflect the diversity of its population. Evidence gathered to date shows that underlying cultures and processes may contribute to ethnic minorities not being treated equally in work. We want to hear the reality of race at work for today’s employees. That’s why we’re calling on everyone who’s currently in work in the UK to go online to www.raceatwork.org.uk and be part of this change.”

Ethnic minorities are under-represented at every level of work in the UK. Only 8.8% of ethnic minorities work as managers, directors or senior officials, compared to 10.7% of white employees. Ethnic minorities also have far greater ambition to progress at work compared to white peers, but are less satisfied with their experiences of management and progression**.

The aim of the Race at Work survey is to gain better understanding of the issues around this under-representation by asking both white and BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) employees aged 16 and over to share their personal experiences across areas including recruitment, progression and engagement. The responses will inform recommendations to employers who are committed to fair and equal workplaces that reflect the communities and customers they serve.

The Race at Work survey is being undertaken in partnership with YouGov. It is open for responses until Wednesday May 2 2018 at www.raceatwork.org.uk The findings will be shared in June 2018.

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