Ethnic minority employment gap remains

21-07-2008

Ethnic minority employment gap remains
Despite a large amount of government spending, the problem of unemployment among ethnic minorities has not improved.

The public accounts committee has found that 14 per cent more ethnic minority persons are unemployed than the national average, which is just 1.3 per cent lower than in 1987.

It predicted that at the current levels, it will take another 30 years for things to become even.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has spent £40 million a year addressing the problem, but Edward Leigh, chairman of committee, says this has "met with little success".

"The department's stop-start approach, trying one short-term project after another, has undermined Jobcentre Plus's efforts to increase ethnic minority employment," he added.

Jenny Willot, the Liberal Democrat's shadow work and pensions secretary, noted that the situation is particularly bad for ethnic minority women. She called for training and language courses to be improved "as a matter of urgency".

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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