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enei welcomes the results of the Race Disparity Audit published on 10 October. “The key findings of the audit clearly demonstrate the increased diversity of the UK population. Now more than ever, it is essential to encourage employers to engage in the debate and recognise that talent is everywhere.” stated Denise Keating, CEO of enei.
The Race Disparity Audit, examines how people of different backgrounds are treated across areas including health, education, employment, and the criminal justice system.
All Government Departments identified what data they held on UK public services that could be analysed by ethnicity, some of which had not yet been analysed for ethnic differences. The data varied in quality and depth including the Census, published official statistics, numerous Government surveys, and Departments’ own administrative records.
The data is presented under themes adapted from the Equality Measurement Framework, developed by the EHRC. Most of the data is for England or England and Wales, with some UK data. Since ethnic groups differ widely in their age profiles and other characteristics, to help inform like-for-like comparisons, where possible, the data is broken down by people’s age, sex, or other relevant factors.
Further research would be required to establish the full context in which any disparities should be interpreted. It is not possible from the Audit data alone to determine the causes of any differences observed between ethnic groups. Even where analysis shows differences between ethnic groups are associated with other relevant factors such age, sex, or socio-economic status, it is not possible to say whether those factors are the cause or the effect of differences between ethnic groups.
More detailed exploration of the data is contained in the Race Disparity Audit summary report and the full range of data on all 130 datasets is available on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website.