Black And Asian Women Have Difficulties Landing First Job Than White Counterparts

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Black And Asian Women Have Difficulties Landing First Job Than White Counterparts

The Diversity Trust and the recruitment website Total Jobs have published the results of their joint investigation into the experiences of women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. They found that women from black and south Asian demographics were experiencing difficulties securing their first role compared to their white counterparts.

The Link Between Time And Confidence?

A proportion of the population may be under the perception that as members of the workforce career progress, it has a correlative and causative impact on their feeling of self-confidence in terms of their career prospects. However, the results of the research surprisingly appear to point to the opposite position being the case. This was demonstrated in the research especially when the position of females from black and south Asian origins are not having their needs addressed in businesses that employ them. Many are finding themselves facing problems such as:

  • behavior
  • lacking confidence to being their true selves around their colleagues and upper echelons of the respect organizations
  • due to the perceptive inadequate representation of those from ethnic minority backgrounds employed in the workforce.

Our Survey Said…

The research published by the Diversity Trust and Total Jobs made several surprising discoveries. These included but were not limited to the following:

  • following the end of their time in education, it appears to take females of black origin just over a period of five months to be recruited for their first employed job position.
  • women from south-Asian backgrounds fared marginally better taking just under five months to secure an employed position for the first time.
  • in stark contrast to the above demographics, the results published by the Diversity Trust and Total Jobs highlighted the gulf between their white counterparts, who appear to have been recruited on average for three months
  • the findings also shone a spotlight upon the white gender divide. Those of white male backgrounds appeared to have secured employment within three and a half months and women from white ethnic origin fared slightly better taking just under three months to be recruited by employers

Unemployed Optimism?

On the question of optimism, the results of the survey revealed some alarming statistics, it found that:

  • sixty-six percent of women from a black and minority ethnic background and were currently unemployed at the time the survey was were of the view that they had a license to achieve great things in the workplace
  • sixty-two percent of females of south Asian origin felt that the sky was the limit in terms of what they could do in terms of achievements in their careers
  • in stark contrast, those from white backgrounds appeared to be less optimistic about their future career success and
  • according to the findings of the report, just under fifty percent of men of white origin expressed confidence in their future career prospects. This was in comparison with just under forty percent of women from white backgrounds.
  • arguably the most interesting aspect of the research is what appears to happen when members of the workforce progress to a later phase in their careers
  • approximately sixty percent of those female members of the workforce from black and south Asian backgrounds approaching the later stages of their careers felt confident about their career futures and
  • however, this was in stark contrast to just over forty percent of men and a little over half of the women from white ethnic backgrounds felt positive about their longer-term prospects.

Employers need to be doing more in this area or the gaps are likely to widen.

Written By Adam Green

The Legists Content Team

ASSESSING FIRMS

THE ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN USING THE FOLLOWING SOURCES

[1]The Diversity Trust – Uplifting Black and South Asian women in the workplace – Total Jobs - How employers can uplift Black & South Asian women I Totaljobs

[2] Cholteeva, Y – Black and South Asian women take two months longer to secure the first job, research finds – 27 June 2022 – People Management - Black and South Asian women take two months longer to secure the first job, research finds (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

[3] Cholteeva, Yoana – Caribbean employees face widest ethnicity pay gap, research finds – 22 June 2022 – People Management – 22 June 2022 - Caribbean employees face widest ethnicity pay gap, research finds (peoplemanagement.co.uk)

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