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£127 billion a year – the cost of not being a white male

REVEALED: June Sarpong pictured with her new book, 'Diversify' (image credit: Cheltenham Festivals)

A NEW study undertaken by the International Inequalities Institute and Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, in collaboration with June Sarpong, for publication in her book Diversify, has for the first time revealed the full extent of the income gap between white British men and those from other ethnic backgrounds, and women from all ethnic backgrounds.

When analysed on a per capita basis, the figures reveal an even starker picture of inequality between ethnic groups in the UK - Bangladeshi men and women face the biggest income gap – the average Bangladeshi man has an income £207 less per week/£10,800 per year than the average white British man, while the average Bangladeshi woman gets £265 less per week/£13,800 less per year than the average white British man.

Commenting, Sarpong, who commissioned the research to support her campaign to encourage greater diversity in the workplace, said:

“Unless you are a white British man, working in the UK today means you lose out.

"These figures demonstrate the urgent need for clear policy from government and business to urgently close the income gap. Promoting diversity and tackling income inequality will be good for everyone in society.”

Professor John Hills, who contributed to the research at the London School of Economics, added

”There are many reasons why the incomes of women and men from different ethnic groups are behind those of white British men. Sometimes it is the choices couples make over caring, and who works part-time, where the figures show the scale of the difference in who gets what – and sometimes has more control over it.

"Sometimes it is outright discrimination, where what people get does not fully reflect their roles. But sometimes, it is sheer waste, where people have ended up in jobs where as a country we are not making the best use of their skills and abilities.”

Find out more about the Diversify book and accompanying test, click here.

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