Black People Urged to Take a Positive Approach to Job Hunting

Black job seekers are being urged to think positively and not limit their perspective by statistics.

A major recruitment company has said that black people ought to focus on how to improve their chances as opposed to reading too much into negative portrayals of their job prospects.

The advice comes in the aftermath of a recent report which showed that people from ethnic minorities are paid less on average than their white peers.

The Resolution Foundation study discovered that the employment gap between the best and worst performing regions of the UK was 11 per cent, however, for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, the amount was 26 per cent.

Cynthia Davis, chief executive of BAME Recruitment Ltd, said that while the findings were unsurprising, black communities must not allow themselves to be defined by such statistics. With over 18 years of experience and clients as large as BT, Ms. Davis is a respected expert in the field.

She said: “In life, you will always have people who say you can’t do this or that. If you follow that kind of thinking you will never get anywhere in life.

“If you have passion and determination to succeed, no matter the obstacles, you will find a way to achieve it. Of course it requires the resilience to receive those knockbacks and keep going. That’s far more important to your success than a statistic.”

Laura Gardiner, a senior research and policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “The UK’s performance on jobs has been one of the biggest success stories in recent years, resulting in more people in work than ever before.

“But substantial weaknesses remain for certain groups, such as ethnic minority people, who have lower employment rates overall and experience even greater penalties in the worst-performing areas.

“Achieving full employment, which the chancellor is right to target, must involve addressing the issues that prevent ethnic minority groups from entering or staying in work, and ensuring they have an equal chance of securing a quality job, no matter where they live.

She asserted that “the government needs to set the right economic conditions, alongside pulling the right policy levers that stimulate job creation and encourage people to join the workforce.

“The involvement of local partnerships in commissioning the successor to the Work Programme will be an early opportunity to ensure that the needs of ethnic minority groups are met.”

In response to the report, Rebecca Hilsenrath, chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said: “50 years after the Race Relations Act, this report suggests that ethnic minorities are still facing challenges in finding opportunities to enter and stay in work.

“We know from our recently published review of equality and human rights in the UK that, despite improvements in educational performance, people from almost every ethnic minority group suffered higher rates of unemployment and received lower pay than white workers.

“This is why the commission’s consistent view has been that the government needs to do more to address the hurdles that ethnic minorities face by putting in place a long-term strategy to achieve equality of opportunity regardless of race.”


Written By:

Daniel James


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