British Asians 'struggle for top jobs despite better school results'

Social Mobility Commission study says group’s lower likelihood of being employed in managerial or professional jobs is down to workplace discrimination.

 

Children of Bangladeshi and Pakistani origin in Britain have outperformed other ethnic groups to achieve rapid improvements at every level of education, but are significantly less likely to be employed in managerial or professional jobs than their white counterparts, according to a study.

 

A report to be published on Wednesday by the government’s Social Mobility Commission says the trend is being driven in part by workplace discrimination, particularly against Muslim women.

 

The commission’s chair, Alan Milburn, said the findings showed that Britain was a long way from offering a level playing field to non-white groups, and called for urgent action to break down barriers.

 

“The British social mobility promise is that hard work will be rewarded. This research suggests that promise is being broken for too many people in our society,” Milburn said. He argued that it was striking that people who were making the greatest advances at school were still missing out in the workplace.

 

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