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U.K. Ethnic Minority Workers More Likely To Be In Unstable Work, According To Research Study

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Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic millennials are 47% more likely to be on a zero-hours contract, according to the research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal StudiesCarnegie UK Trust, and Operation Black Vote.

The study found that young ethnic minority workers are 10% more likely to have a second job, 5% more likely to be doing shift work, and are 4% less likely to have a permanent contract compared with white people of the same age.

Millennials from ethnic backgrounds were also 58% more likely to be unemployed than white peers.

The researchers looked at the experiences of 25-year-olds in England from different ethnic backgrounds including people who are white, mixed-race, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black African and Caribbean, and other minority ethnicities. The work also drew upon UCL Centre of Longitudinal Studies’ Next Steps study, which follows the lives of about 16,000 people in England born in 1989-90.

Young people in unstable employment also suffered from poorer mental health, according to the study.

The report also calls on employers to carry out internal audits of racial inequality in pay, employment terms, and promotions.

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