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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 [PDF] 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