Equal opportunities challenge set to grow

A new report released by Business in the Community’s Race for Opportunity (RfO), a race diversity campaign warns employers that the challenge of ensuring equal opportunities for ethnic minorities is going to get even harder in the next 15 years.

A new report released by Business in the Community’s Race for Opportunity (RfO), a race diversity campaign warns employers that the challenge of ensuring equal opportunities for ethnic minorities is going to get even harder in the next 15 years.
 
According to research by the University of Leeds more than one in five Britons will be an ethnic minority in 2051 yet this is set against a widening employment gap with ethnic minorities’ share of total jobs actually falling.
 
In 2009 RfO showed that although Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals’ share of the total population had risen from 7.3% in 2000 to 10.3% at the end of 2007, its share of the employed population failed to match that increase, growing from 5.4% to only 8.5% over the same period.
 
The Report by RfO suggests that this may means that as the population grows and becomes more ethnically diverse; employers will fail to find jobs for all groups in a roughly equal share.
 
To combat this the report puts forward 15 recommendations for change over the next 15 years. One of the key suggestions is ensuring that employers recruit from the widest pool of talent available.
 
Sandra Kerr, national director of RfO said: “The changing population presents an immense opportunity if handled correctly by politicians, businesses and BAME workers. This report is a wake up call to businesses and all organisations in the UK to recognise that they need to radically rethink how they go about recruiting people to ensure the ethnic employment in the UK is representative of its population – no matter how much it continues to change.”





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