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Ethnic Minorities Do Better In Reaching Top Jobs In The UK

A report from Civitas think tank found that ethnic minority British workers are now more likely than their white counterparts to be employed in a professional role. The report calls on ministers to rethink their approach to racial inequalities.


The report also found that Britain is seeing an emerging ethnic minority middle class. Dr. Richard Norrie presents a more positive view of multiracial Britain in 2022 than many commentators believe.



The report found that:

  • Almost a quarter of British Indian and Chinese workers (24 percent) are in the top ‘higher managerial and professional classes – twice the figure for white Brits.

  • 1 in 6 non-white British workers are in top professional roles compared to 1 in 8 white British workers.

However, the figures still show that black British workers with only 7 percent occupying top roles still have some way to go.


The report also uncovers falling rates of racism:


  • In 1991, there were an estimated 82 racially motivated hate crimes per 1,000 people targeted against black people. In 2016/19 this figure dropped to 5 per 1,000.

  • For UK Asians there were an estimated 60 racially motivated hate crimes per 1,000 in the early 90s, falling to 8 per 1000 over the same time period.

  • Since 1993/4 the share of black people experiencing a racial slur has fallen from 14 percent to 8.5 percent by 2017/18. For British Asians, 10 percent reported experiencing a racial slur in 1993/4 falling to 6.7 percent in 2017/18.

  • The share of people experiencing a racially-motivated assault has halved (1 percent of black and Asian people to roughly 0.5 percent over the same time period).

  • According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), racially motivated hate crimes went down from 149,000 in 2010/12 to 104,000 in 2018/20.

Dr. Richard Norrie said,


Richard Norrie said:

This report is a defence of British institutions and finds Britain to be a welcome and open country. There are undoubtedly problems for Brits from an ethnic minority background but attitudes to a multiracial country have changed dramatically over several generations. Polling and survey evidence show that majorities of all races believe this is a good place to live, are happy, and report that despite some tensions, most people tend to get along well. The evidence shows both a healthy growth in the size of the minority middle-class, and not just limited to the high performing Chinese and Indian groups. At the same time, substantial numbers believe the Black Lives Matter movement to have worsened race relations. We have a political elite which is content, delighted even, to spread falsehoods about how bad things are. To be seen to do so, publicly, is a badge of virtue. We need to reconsider our approach to race in the UK to focus on the shared responsibility to uphold British institutions and identity and to build on our successes. We don’t need to be called “denialists” when the facts show improvements.’

The report highlights a significant difference between racial groups. Perhaps it's time to stop lumping all non-whites into one group and all races into one group. There is a difference between Nigerian-born blacks and British blacks. Highlighting the differences might help uncover other solutions to tackle inequalities.


Download the report at Civitas