Young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are more likely to work in unstable jobs, according to a new study.
The Carnegie Trust, University College London’s Centre for Longitudinal Studies and Operation Black Vote found that BAME workers are 47% more likely to have a zero-hour contract position.
The study also found that unstable employment is having a negative impact on workers’ mental health.
Douglas White from Carnegie UK Trust said: “Good work can have a really positive impact on people’s wellbeing – but we need to tackle the inequalities in who has access to good quality jobs.
“This report highlights that young people from BAME communities are particularly likely to enter into precarious forms of work. We need policy and practice to recognise and respond to this to ensure that good work is available to all.”
The report calls for employers to audit their pay and employment terms and promotions when it comes to race. It also recommended government action to help improve the environment for BAME workers.
Lord Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote said: “This report must be a serious wake-up call for the government, industry and our mental health practitioners.
“The race penalty in the workspace is further exacerbated by mental health issues. It’s a double hit if you’re from a BAME community. We can, however, turn this around, but we need collective leadership.”