Ethnic pay gap: UK Indians earn more than white counterparts
According to the latest figures, Bangladeshi employees earned the lowest medium hourly pay, 20.1 per cent less than white British workers, followed by Pakistani employees.
The report, the first of its kind by the ONS, comes months after prime minister Theresa May proposed new plans which would oblige employers to release their race pay gap statistics.
Although some large businesses, such as banking giant Santander, agreed to report their ethnicity pay gap, not all have followed suit.
The prime minister launched the Race Disparity Audit in 2017, to examine how people of different ethnic backgrounds were treated across society.
Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow women and equalities secretary, said the latest figures highlighted the “shocking persistence” of ethnic pay inequality.
“People need to earn a fair wage based on merit, not by virtue of the colour of their skin,” the Brent Central MP told Eastern Eye on Tuesday. “It’s shocking to see the largest ethnicity pay gap exists in London at 21.7 per cent – one of the most diverse capital cities in the world.”
Stressing that a Labour government would be committed to closing all pay gaps, Butler urged immediate efforts in addressing the issue.
“While the government seeks consultation on the ethnicity pay gaps from employers, it’s yet to give us tangible solutions to address the issue,” the MP said. “We need action, not audits.”
Speaking to Eastern Eye, Professor Binna Kandola, author of Racism at Work: The Danger of Indifference, said the findings have shone a light on the “racial hierarchy” which exists in the country.
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