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Is it so black and white?

After reading a TUC report, outlining the apparent pay gap. Not between men and women (which we have highlighted in previous editions), but between black and white employees in the Education profession.

While we are not shocked or surprised what was contained in this report, it still makes depressing reading. With the way anti discrimination laws are structured in this country it is very difficult to openly treat someone less favourably than others, as an Employer. But with pay discrimination, well it’s often very hard to find out what your colleagues are being paid, and then to try and link your pay to your race is even harder.

Here are some of the findings from the report.

Black workers with degrees earn 23.1% less on average than white workers with degrees, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The findings reveal that the pay gap between white and black workers is at its widest at degree level. Black workers with A-levels earn 14.3% less on average than their white counterparts. And black people who leave school with GCSEs typically get paid 11.4% less than their white peers.

"These are very worrying findings. Black and Asian people face a massive pay gap, even if they have a degree. This is not about education, but about the systemic disadvantages ethnic minority workers face in the UK.

"The harsh reality is that at any level of education, black and Asian workers are getting paid less than their white counterparts. Even today race still plays a huge role in determining pay.

This suggests that education alone will do little to address racial inequalities, and the need for interventions that directly challenge racial inequalities in the workplace."

The TUC is calling on the government to recognise the scale of the problem and urgently develop a race equality strategy as a matter of political priority, with clear targets and adequate resourcing.

This should include measures to tackle the growth of casualised work, which disproportionately affects BAME workers; requirements on employers to analyse and publish pay data by ethnicity; and a requirement for public authorities to use procurement to spread good practice.

Plus, the government must encourage employers to focus on fostering opportunities for BAME leadership and building transparent career progression pathways, as well as tackling discrimination in recruitment through measures such as anonymised CVs.

Anonymous CVs or blind requiting is something we have highlighted and promote. We believe that blind requiting should be brought in to UK employment law.

Why do Black workers face a "massive pay gap" that widens as they achieve more qualifications? It should be the other way round, these kind of fact just serve to demotivate the young as they see that they just cant get a level playing field so they end up thinking, whats the point.

The TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady said "These are very worrying findings. Black and Asian people face a massive pay gap, even if they have a degree. This is not about education, but about the systemic disadvantages ethnic minority workers face in the UK."

The union called for the government to tackle pay discrimination.

The figures follow a study by the Resolution Foundation last month that found ethnic minority people have lower employment rates than other groups.

The thinktank said the employment gap between the best and worst performing regions of the UK was 11%, but for black, Asian and minority-ethnic (BAME) people the figure was 26%.

The findings of this report are serious and should be openly discussed, so after reading this articles, don’t stay silent, please,

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