Futures Magazine Volume 2 September 2020 - Flipbook - Page 20
F U T U R E S
M I N D
T H E
G A P
No, this is not the london underground. What we are looking at is information to
help you understand the gap in earnings/career progression/opportunities with
BAME communities compared to white people in the UK. It’s 2020 people, we
need to know our stuff.
INEQUALITY - WHAT IS IT?
inequality is the unfair treatment of others based on
different factors such as race, religion, gender, weight,
physical and/ mental abilities, income, personality,
looks and more. Inequality is deep-rooted in our society
and unfortunately can be found within the workplace.
In this issue of Futures Mag we are focusing on racial
inequality and how people from different ethnicities are
treated in the workplace across the Uk.
For example, a recent poll of 24,000 UK employees by
Business in the Community (BITC) found that:
74% of black respondents wanted to progress in
their career however 33% felt their ethnicity would
be a barrier to that.
This is compared too:
42% of white respondents wanted to progress in
their careers and just 1% felt that their ethnicity
would be a barrier to that.
WHAT DOES THIS TELL US?
This tells us that black people in the survey were more
ambitious about their career progression than white
people, but felt negatively about their progression
You might think that this is based just on how they felt,
but let’s take a look at some more statistics from the
Office of National Statistics (2019)...
WHAT IS YOUR PLACE IN ALL OF THIS?
You may be reading this as a young BAME student
wondering what that means for your future. To you, we
want to say...
If there are no black or ethnic minority people in a
room, be the first. You must focus on the fact that this
could change and you could be that change. Don’t
ever not go for a Job role or a career because the
others in the room don’t look like you. You are brave,
you are resilient and you deserve to be there.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO FIGHT RACIAL INEQUALITY?
If the Black Lives Matter movement highlighted
anything it’s that we need to fight together for
equality to help end racism. This starts with being antiracist. Here are some top anti-racism tips::
Support friends who have experienced racism
Actively listen to their experiences
The percentage difference in median hourly pay
between people of a White ethnicity and all those
who belong to an ethnic minority group is largest in
London at 21.7%. This means that white people earn
21.7% more than BAME in London.
Tell a teacher or adult when you experience or witness
The existing pay gap between White British and
other ethnic groups is generally smaller for younger
employees than it is for older employees.
who may have experienced racism
Build empathy for those who experience racism
Use your own voice to make others listen to your friend
Educate yourself on racism - read books,
Watch shows and listen to podcasts!
Check out @thetinyactivists and @theconsciouskid on