JRF policy paper: Poverty and Ethnicity in the Labour Market

The UK poverty rate is twice as high for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups as for white groups.

This September 2017 paper (pdf) explores some of the drivers for variations in working-age poverty rates, focusing on employment, labour markets and geography.

It also identifies areas for solutions to reduce poverty across ethnic groups. These include:

  • Recognising the importance of outreach work – enabling engagement between key decision-makers and organisations/experts embedded in local communities
  • Engaging with place-shapers and local decision-makers – working with key stakeholders, such as local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), combined authorities, metro mayors, anchor institutions and other local employers to identify where local initiatives can best improve access to local labour markets.

Read the full paper (pdf).