We should pride Britain on a diverse and equal labour force
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A new study from the University of Oxford Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College has found that minority ethnic Britons are facing "shocking job discrimination". Within the new study, it was found that applicants from minority ethnic backgrounds had to send 80% more applications to receive a response to a position compared to someone who was white or "British" in their origin. Funded by the EU, the researchers sent 3,000 applications from over 30 different minority groups to a variety of jobs advertised between 2016 and 2017. In total 24% of the applicants,
whom were of white British origin, received a positive response. This is compared to a figure of just 15% for minority groups even though CVs and cover letters used in the process were completely identical.
Perhaps what is most inexcusable in relation to these findings is how a similar study from 1969 by the same researchers shows the same covertly racist trends. This proves that racial employment legislation has been virtually ineffective in helping Britain move forward in equality, discrimination within employment opportunity has remained unchanged for over 50 years, which is a seriously worrying prospect.
Heath, co-author and emeritus fellow of Nuffield College, told the Guardian that "the absence of any real decline in discrimination against black British and people of Pakistani background is a disturbing finding which calls into question the effectiveness of previous policies. Ethnic equality remains an important injustice and there needs to be a radical rethink about how to tackle it".
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