Three in ten black employees report discrimination at work – UK survey

Almost three in ten Black employees feel discriminated against by their employer, while four in ten have left a job due to a lack of workplace diversity and inclusion, according to a new survey published on Friday (15 October).. EPA-EFE/FILIP SINGER

Almost three in ten black employees feel discriminated against by their employer while four in ten have left a job due to a lack of workplace diversity and inclusion, according to a new UK survey published on Friday (15 October).

Both figures were slightly higher than those recorded for white employees, of whom 25% felt that they have been discriminated against and 26% said that they had left a job because of low levels of diversity.

Meanwhile, one in three Asian employees reported that they had been the victims of racism at work.

The poll by Savanta, based on speaking to 1,500 employed UK adults, including 500 white respondents, 500 black respondents, and 500 Asian or other ethnic minority respondents

“Whilst it’s encouraging that a significant proportion of employers have taken action to support the BLM movement, to learn that two in five Black employees have left a job due to a lack of D&I is a sombre reminder of the consequences of inaction,” said Tania Findlay, senior research consultant and member of Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Savanta.

Structural racism in societies in Europe and elsewhere has had greater prominence over the past year because of the Black Lives Matter protests which emerged following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in the United States.

Three in ten employees overall said that their employer had made them aware that their organisation supported the Black Lives Movement, while 22% reported that their employer had been a public statement to that effect.

Also encouraging is the fact that a majority of respondents from all ethnic groups said that it was important that the brands and businesses they buy products and services from had been vocal about tackling racism.

However, three in ten employees said that their employer had taken no steps to address Black Lives Matter.

18% said that they were allowed to take time off work to be involved in activism.

Earlier this year, the European Commission appointed Michaela Moua as its first anti-racism coordinator, tasked with driving the EU’s anti-racism action plan.

[Edited by Zoran Radosavljevic]


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