McGregor-Smith Report Published
28 February 2017
Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith has published her report into racial barriers at work. The report found that BME workers had fewer workplace opportunities than their white colleagues and calls for the publication of race pay gap data.
enei Chief Executive Denise Keating commented:
“Almost 50 years after the Race Relations Act 1968 prohibited racial discrimination in employment, people from BME backgrounds still lack a level playing field in the UK’s workplaces. Whilst overt racism, although still present, has been driven out by most responsible employers, systemic bias that starts from even before an individual has finished education still prevents BME employees fulfilling their potential.
“With the UK’s productivity crisis still dragging down the economy, not fully utilising 13% of the available workforce is folly. The report’s recommendation for publication of organisation’s race pay gap goes some way to focus the minds of employers on tackling built in unconscious biases around race in their organisations. However, although voluntary action has had an impact on board level gender inequality, we saw that a voluntary approach to Gender Pay Gap Reporting was largely ignored, resulting in the implementation of Section 78 of the Equality Act 2010. It is likely that employers will take a similar approach to the recommendations of this report, and the Government must be prepared to legislate if they are committed to eliminating racial inequality.”