We recognised the need for understanding the impact of discrimination at work as well as rising cost of living for young people from an ethnic minority background.
According to our independent survey of 2,296 ethnic minority young people, seven in 10 (71%) have experienced some form of workplace discrimination. Almost half (46%) of young people from ethnic minority backgrounds have experienced discrimination when dealing with customers or clients at work, while two in five have experienced it when applying for a job (37%) and/or at a job interview (36%). With the cost of living crisis taking hold, two in five (40%) say their mental health has suffered.
- Aged 16-17
- Aged 18-24
- Cost of living
Ethnic minority youth employment evidence gap analysis
Data gaps can make it difficult to understand key outcomes for young people from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Young people from minority ethnic backgrounds have long experienced higher unemployment and lower wages than their white peers. The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated these inequalities, with research showing an unequal impact on employment across ethnic groups. In addition, previous work has identified substantial gaps in the collection and analysis of data relating to young people from minority ethnic backgrounds. There are particular concerns around systematic erasure in data collection, lack of observations and small sample sizes, and a lack of culturally relevant data.