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The coronavirus pandemic has brought the conversation around equality to the front line. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) have published research carried out by ICM before the lockdown (alongside their own research exploring the experiences of Black, Asian and minority ethnic workers during the pandemic) to talk about current inequalities facing BME women in the workplace.

Inequalities experienced by BME women are compounded by unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace, as found in ICM’s survey:

  • Almost half (45%) of BME women workers in Britain believed they were given harder or less popular work
  • Close to a third (32%) said they had had been bullied or harassed at work, and a similar proportion have experienced racist jokes (34%) and verbal abuse (30%)
  • Nearly a third (32%) reported being unfairly turned down for a job and a fifth (21%) had been singled out for redundancy; almost a fifth (19%) said they left their job because of the racist treatment they received

TUC discuss the findings here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-bme-women-are-twice-likely-be-insecure-jobs-white-workers

The Independent summarise the findings here: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bame-women-low-paid-high-risk-jobs-coronavirus-b1374205.html

A representative sample of 1253 British minority ethnic workers (753 women) aged 18+ were interviewed online between 4th March and 9th March 2020. Participants were working full time or part time and were either in work currently or had been out of work for less than four years.

If you are interested in finding out more about this, or would like to explore the experiences of ethnic minorities, please do get in touch at enquiries@icmunlimited.com.

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