BLACK workers are not paid as much as their white colleagues with the same qualifications, TUC research released today shows.
The report reveals a shocking racial disparity, with a pay gap as high as 20 per cent for some black employees.
The TUC analysis used official labour force statistics in calculating hourly pay rates based on average gross hourly pay.
It found that those educated to degree level face a 14 per cent pay gap — around £2.63 less per hour.
And black workers with higher education qualifications and diplomas are paid 20 per cent less than their non-black colleagues — amounting to £2.98 per hour.
The study shows that black school leavers with GCSE grades of C or above earn 12 per cent less and those with no qualifications are paid 5 per cent less.
On average black workers are paid around 8.3 per cent less than white employees, an average of around £1.15 per hour.
Figures from the Equality and Human Rights Commission suggest that employment rates for ethnic minorities are 10 per cent below the national average with twice as many ethnic minority households living in relative poverty than white people.
TUC research in June showed that one in 13 black and minority ethnic workers is in temporary or zero-hours work compared with one in 20 white workers.
The TUC called for rules to ensure greater transparency and urged ministers to force employers to publish reports on recruitment, pay and employment by ethnicity.
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.”