The research also highlighted contrasting results across different ethnicities. For example, in the four years to 2008 black Caribbean workers earned an average of £8.40 per hour (minus 30 pence more than white workers).
The reports’ authors highlight that ‘The problem for ethnic minority workers is that they can find it harder to get into higher paid occupations, adding that barriers to entry could include discrimination in the selection process or the prevalence of traditional job choices within some communities.’
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The research has been conducted by Dr Malcolm Brynin at ISER and Dr Ayse Güveli, from the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex.