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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 and the implications for BAME employees returning to work.

Ensuring that there are equality action plans in place to give employees confidence that employers will take action, and the faith to speak out, is highlighted as one important step in addressing existing inequalities, alongside introducing mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.

ICM’s survey found that:

  • 45% of ethnic minorities in Britain believed they were given harder or less popular work than white colleagues.
  • Over three in ten Black, Asian or minority ethnic workers (31%) said they had had been bullied or harassed at work, and a similar proportion (32%) had witnessed racist verbal or physical abuse in the workplace or at a work organised social event.
  • Over a third (34%) reported being unfairly turned down for a job, around a quarter (24%) had been singled out for redundancy; one in six (16%) said they left their job because of the racist treatment they received.

TUC discuss the findings here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/research-analysis/reports/dying-job-racism-and-risk-work

ITV summarise the findings here: https://www.itv.com/news/2020-07-16/one-in-five-bame-workers-feel-treated-unfairly-at-work-because-of-ethnicity-during-coronavirus-crisis

A representative sample of 1253 British minority ethnic workers 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. The data has been weighted by gender.

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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