Black workers in the UK are STILL paid less than their white counterparts

Findings fly in the face of Theresa May’s pledge to tackle "burning injustice" and build a Britain "that works to everyone".

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Black workers living in the UK are still paid less than their white counterparts despite having similar qualifications, exposing the failure of Theresa May’s to promise to build a Britain “that works for everyone”.

Research by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) found that black workers with A-levels earn 10% less than white workers who have similar qualifications.

The figures, based on ONS Labour Force Survey figures from Q2 2016 – Q1 2017, show that black workers with A-Levels are missing out on an average of £1.20 per hour, when compared to the average wages enjoyed by white workers.

The analysis also shows that while more qualified workers receive higher pay, the pay gap for black workers often increases with the more qualifications they gain.

Black workers with degrees face a 14% pay gap equal to £2.63 less per hour, while those with higher education certificates and diplomas face a 20% gap, or £2.98 less per hour.

Meanwhile, black school leavers with GCSEs earn 12% less (£1.30 less per hour), and those with no qualifications face a 5% pay gap, or 45 pence less per hour.

The data shows that regardless of qualifications, black workers are paid 8.3% less than their white peers, losing out on an average of £1.15 an hour.

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Whether they have PhDs or GCSEs, black workers simply aren’t getting paid the same as white workers with similar qualifications.

“Students get their A-level results this week. The harsh reality is that race will still play a huge role in how much they get paid.

“It’s time for the government to require employers to publish pay data broken down by ethnicity. Then we can see where the problems are and put pressure on bosses to close the pay gap.”

The findings come a few months after a separate TUC study warned that black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers are being “forced into low-paid, insecure work”.

The TUC study found that 1 in 13 BAME employees were trapped in insecure jobs, compared to just 1 in 20 white employees.

Black workers, in particular, were more than twice as likely as white people to be in insecure work, with around 1 in 8 facing insecurity at work compared to just 1 in 20 white workers.

The findings of both studies fly in the face of Theresa May’s promise in her maiden speech as PM to fight “burning injustice” and build a country “that works not for a privileged few, but for every one of us”