24th September 2017

Revealed: Britain's most powerful elite is 97% white

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The Colour of Power


A disturbing new study by The Guardian and Operation Black Vote has revealed that barely 3 per cent of senior positions at the head of public and private sector organisations are held by people from ethnic minority backgrounds. The data analysis looked at the ethnicity of more than 1,000 individuals across 39 categories covering politics and the civil service; policing, defence and the judiciary; FTSE companies and groups representing business; professional services including the heads of law, accountancy, advertising, consulting and publishing firms; arts bodies; media; trade unions; top universities; sporting bodies and NHS trusts. Of these only 36 (3.4%) were from ethnic minorities and just seven (0.7%) were BAME women. The numbers show a major disconnect with the composition of the UK population as a whole, almost 13% of which has a minority background. In some sectors – the police, military, supreme court and security services as well as top consultancies and law firms – there was no ethnic minority presence at the top table.


Full details can be found on the Colour of Power website.