The Statistics

14% of the working age population come from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background and in some cities such as London and Birmingham BME’s make up 40% of the working age population, yet 

Entry into work:  

BME individuals make  up only 10% of the workforce

69% Graduate employers said their biggest recruitment challenge was recruiting a diverse workforce in 2016/17 (high fliers grad market report 2017)

Department for Education  released a graduate labour market statistics report in April 2017 and found black graduates had higher unemployment rates and lower median salaries than white and asian graduates.

Progression into senior roles

BME’s hold only 6% of top management

In January 2017 the Higher Education Statistics Agency  figures record zero black academics in the elite staff category of ‘managers, directors and senior officials’ at Universities for third year in a row

As David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham puts it ‘Lack of diversity in senior positions sends out an absolutely dreadful message to young people from ethnic minority backgrounds’


Our Research

In December 2016 we surveyed over 100 ethnic minorities and found:

The largest barrier to career progression was ‘lack of connections to the right people’ 

Other key barriers to career progression that made the top 5 were: were: lack of opportunities/ not knowing how to access opportunities, lack of experience, lack of career plan, lack of guidance and lack of confidence. 

91% of people felt that it was important or very important that their employer recruits a diverse workforce. 

1 in 7  people said they would not consider their current employer as diverse.