Employment may be on the rise, but this evidence of ‘economic recovery’ comes at the expense of the 1.7 million UK workers stuck in insecure, casualised jobs. Now, a new TUC report can reveal that these workers are not only poorly paid, underemployed, and vulnerable to exploitation – they are also disproportionately black or Asian:
- Low-paid: the number of black and Asian workers in low-paid jobs rose 12.7% (seven times more than white workers) between 2011 and 2014.
- Insecure: the number of black and Asian workers stuck in temporary work because they couldn’t find a permanent job increased by 20% between 2011 and 2014. During the same period, the figure for white workers fell by 8%. Black and Asian workers on temporary contracts also typically earn £30 a week less than white contract workers and nearly £200 a week less than employees on permanent contracts.
- Underemployed: 11,000 more black and Asian workers were underemployed in 2014 than in 2011, compared to 96,000 fewer white workers.
The Living on the Margins report marks the start of the TUC’s annual Black Workers’ Conference, and includes a raft of recommendations for Government, including measures to improve ethnic minority recruitment and promote racial equality in the awarding of all government contracts.