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Study Says Many Minority
Ethnic Women ‘left behind’ by Pay Gap Progress

By News Desk

Tuesday, March 7,

Leading women’s rights and
gender equality campaigning charity the Fawcett Society, has today published
new analysis of the gender pay gap by ethnicity, charting progress over more
than 25 years.  The analysis reveals real inequalities, with some minority
ethnic groups making great strides while pay for others lags far

has also calculated the gap within ethnic groups as well as the gap between
minority ethnic women and White British men to reveal a truer picture of gender

data is not routinely collected and published by the Office for National
Statistics (ONS) and instead has to be calculated using the Labour Force

report reveals that Black African women have seen virtually no progress since
the 1990s in closing the gender pay gap with White British men, with a
full-time pay gap of 21.4 percent in the 1990s and 19.6 percent today. When
part-time workers are included this figure rises to 24 percent.

and Bangladeshi women experience the largest aggregate – including full-time
and part-time workers – gender pay gap at 26.2 percent

women experience the biggest pay gap with men in their ethnic group at 16.1

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said:

analysis reveals a complex picture of gender pay gap inequality.  Black
African women have been largely left behind, and in terms of closing the pay
gap, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are today only where White British women
were in the 1990s.”

these groups this is a story of low labour market participation and low pay
when they are in work together with high levels of unpaid caring work.”

report also reveals some women experiencing real progress: Black Caribbean
women in full-time work have overtaken Black Caribbean men so that they now
have a reverse pay gap of -8.8 percent. Black Caribbean women are also more
likely to be in the labour market than white women; they are older and so have
more experience of the workplace, and also more likely to be working full-time.
Black Caribbean mothers tend to return to work while their children are very
young. However, at 10 percent, their unemployment rate is still twice that of
White British women at 5 percent.

Black Caribbean men experience the highest unemployment rate of 16 percent, are
under-represented in better paid professions or senior positions and
over-represented in routine occupations.

Smethers points out that for women in some ethnic groups a combination of
higher education, concentration in better paid professions and more women
working full-time has seen their gender pay gap narrow or even reverse when
compared with White British men.

said: “However, when compared with men of their own ethnicity the pay gap has
either widened over time (Chinese women) or narrowed at a much slower rate
(Indian women), indicating that they are still experiencing gender inequality. The
exception to this is Black Caribbean men who are faring considerably worse in
the labour market both in terms of pay and participation than Black Caribbean
women. However, Black Caribbean women still experience discrimination. “

have to address pay inequality for all, and look behind the headline figures to
get a true picture of what is going on.  We also have to understand and
address the combined impact of race and gender inequality. As a minimum the ONS
should routinely collect and publish this data.”

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