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Discrimination Limits Career Progression for BAME Employees

Around 20% of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees report that discrimination was a factor in their lack of career progression to date, compared to just 11% of white British employees, new research from the CIPD has revealed. 

This is despite the fact that significantly more BAME employees consider career progression to be an important part of their working life than those from a white British background (25% vs 10%).

When asked what would improve their career progression, BAME employees were much more likely than white British employees to mention seeing other people like them that have progressed in the organisation, and a greater diversity of people at senior levels in their organisation.

“There is clearly still a long way to go until we can say that equal access to progression opportunities exists regardless of ethnic background,” said Dr Jill Miller, Diversity and Inclusion Adviser at the CIPD. “Discrimination is totally unacceptable - everyone has the right to bring their whole selves to work without fear of prejudice or victimisation and employers have a duty to provide a workplace that delivers that. Progress is crucial, and some of the fundamentals of business need to change to avoid having this conversation again in five years’ time.”

“Organisations need to understand where the barriers to progression for different groups lie, and use this information to level the playing field and enable talented people to reach their potential at work,” she added. “They mustn’t forget though that different minority ethnic groups are facing different obstacles and that many of us have multiple and overlapping social identities, so it’s important not to assume that one solution will remove progression barriers for all.”

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