Black workers with degrees face a 14% pay gap (£2.63 less per hour), while those with higher education certs and diplomas face a 20% gap (£2.98 less per hour).
This is according to an August 2017 analysis by the Trades Union Congress.
Whilst commenting on the findings, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady stated:
‘Whether they have PhDs or GCSEs, black workers simply aren’t getting paid the same as white workers with similar qualifications.
It’s time for the government to require employers to publish pay data broken down by ethnicity. Then we can see where the problems are and put pressure on bosses to close the pay gap.’
The TUC is calling for the government to:
- Pass legislation requiring employers with more than 50 staff to analyse and publish ethnicity data on progression, employment type and pay
- Develop a comprehensive national race equality strategy
- Work with trade unions to establish targets and develop actions to address racial inequalities in the workforce.