ETHNIC minorities in Britain still face a jobs gap and pay “penalty” despite an increase in graduates, a study shows.
The Resolution Foundation analysis published yesterday found that the proportion of working-age Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi people with degrees has more than trebled since the end of the 1990s to current levels of 50, 30 and 25 per cent respectively.
But the think tank said there was a long way to go before progress on educational attainment fully fed through to the labour market.
The analysis revealed that Bangladeshi and Pakistani graduates are around 12 per cent less likely to be in work than white British graduates, and that Indian and Black Caribbean graduates have a jobs gap of around 5 per cent.
Resolution Foundation policy analyst Kathleen Henehan said: “The progress made by BAME [Black, Asian and minority-ethnic] groups is astounding … but BAME graduates still face significant employment and pay penalties in the workforce.”