Government to investigate employment issues for minority women
The government is to launch new research into the issues facing ethnic minority women in the workplace.
Ethnic minority communities have a lower rate of employment than the rest of the population, and among Bangladeshi and Pakistani women this falls to 24 per cent and 24.2 per cent respectively, compared to an average employment rate for UK women of 70 per cent.
The study is part of the government's action plan on women and work and follows on from a series of measures designed to help women in the workplace that was published last week.
A government report entitled Engaging with Muslim Women found that many Muslim women believed economic exclusion was a serious issue for them, with many feeling stereotyped by employers and feeling that they couldn't get advice to find fulfilling jobs.
The minister for women and communities, Ruth Kelly said: "Finding practical measures to raise employment levels for women from ethnic minority backgrounds into the workplace is a key priority.
"Many Muslim women have said that they want to play a more active role in the workplace and we already know that helping women harness their full potential is worth up to £23billion a year to the UK economy."