The recruitment industry has been urged by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to tackle the issue of diversity in the workplace.
According to figures from the National Audit Office, the employment rate for ethnic minorities is lower than the national average of 74 per cent, while only 60 per cent of ethnic minorities are employed.
REC's director of external relations Tom Hadley remarked that more work needs to be done to resolve this problem.
"This is a real opportunity for the recruitment industry to take a lead in actually delivering real change in an area that has too often been characterised by good intentions and not enough action," he said.
He added that recruiters play a crucial role in turning around these statistics.
However last month, law firm Nabarro warned employers that by attempting to boost diversity in the workplace they could in fact by breaking antidiscrimination laws through "ill-conceived" plans.