Women with religious beliefs and people from ethnic minorities are those who have the most difficult in finding work in the UK, according to new research
The report from the Department for Work and Pensions found that "some minority groups have very low employment rates" - Bangladeshi and Pakistani women in particular.
It noted that there was a lot of variation between ethnic groups with regards to "employment penalties". However, Muslim women were found by the department to be in the most disadvantaged position, following its analysis of the probability of being in employment based on different combinations of ethnic and religious groups.
Work and pensions secretary John Hutton said: "We simply cannot afford to ignore the specific discrimination that exists in the UK labour market.
"Along with improvements in training and skills - such as the increased emphasis on English language training for benefit recipients [the government] announced earlier this month - ethnic minority employment rates can be improved."