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Equality North East

It’s time to tackle the race pay gap

Prime minister Theresa May’s pledge on 5 April to vigorously address the gender pay gap is a welcome move that will hopefully lead to action rather than just words on this topic. It is incomprehensible that it has taken so long to tackle such a fundamental issue of equality in a democracy like ours. And like the #MeToo movement that preceded it, it shows that if disadvantaged groups take a stance on an issue they can bend the ear of the establishment.

However, the government needs to go further still – not just around gender, but other forms of inequality too. The plight of ethnic minorities in most walks of employment has rarely been addressed, and yet there is a wide race pay gap, confining black and ethnic minority staff to lower pay in both the public and private sectors. This is because often qualified minority employees starting their career are placed at the bottom of the salary scale, opening a wide gap between their earnings and those of their majority counterparts. This gap, coupled with limited promotion opportunities, develops into a huge gulf over the career of minority workers.

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April 25, 2018

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