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Ethnic minority graduates twice as likely to be unemployed

ETHNIC MINORITY graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed than their white counterparts, a new study has revealed.

Analysis of the 2015 Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey found that while the unemployment rate for white graduates was 2.3 per cent, 5.9 per cent of BME workers with degrees were unemployed.

The study by the Trade Union Federation found that unemployment amongst those qualified to A-level, or equivalent, was 14 per cent among BME workers, compared with 4.5 per cent for white workers.

It was also noted that black workers with degrees are paid almost 25 per cent less, equivalent to a gap of £4.33 per hour.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, told Times Higher Education: ''Not only is this wrong, but it is a huge waste of talent.''

''Companies that only recruit from a narrow base are missing out on the wide range of experiences on offer from Britain’s many different communities.''

She added that the Government should ''make it harder for discriminating employers to get away with their prejudices, and also ensure that far more is done to improve access to the best courses and institutions for BAME young people''.

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