Black workers paid less despite qualifications, says TUC

By agency reporter
August 14, 2017

The TUC has published an analysis of the latest ONS Labour Force Survey figures which shows that while more qualified workers get higher pay, the pay gap for black workers often increases with more qualifications.

Black workers with degrees face a 14 per cent pay gap (£2.63 less per hour), while those with higher education certificates and diplomas face a 20 per cent gap (£2.98 less per hour).

Black workers whose highest qualifications are A-levels earn 10 per cent less than their white peers – missing out on an average £1.20 per hour.

Black school leavers with GCSEs earn 12 per cent less (£1.30 less per hour), and those with no qualifications face a five per cent pay gap (45p less per hour).

Regardless of qualifications, black workers get paid 8.3 per cent less than white workers – costing them an average of £1.15 an hour.

Commenting on the findings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said, “Whether they have PhDs or GCSEs, black workers simply aren’t getting paid the same as white workers with similar qualifications.

“Students get their A-level results this week. The harsh reality is that race will still play a huge role in how much they get paid.

“It's time for the government to require employers to publish pay data broken down by ethnicity. Then we can see where the problems are and put pressure on bosses to close the pay gap."

The TUC is calling for on the government to:

  • Pass legislation requiring employers with more than 50 staff to analyse and publish ethnicity data on progression, employment type and pay;
  • Develop a comprehensive national race equality strategy;
  • Work with trade unions to establish targets and develop actions to address racial inequalities in the workforce.

* Trades Union Congress


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