05 February 2010
Ethnic minority groups 'may still face recruitment discrimination'
Although there has been a rise in the representation of ethnic minority groups in higher education, such people still face hurdles when trying to enter the workforce, it has been claimed.
According to Dr Rob Berkeley, director of the Runnymede Trust, employers may still discriminate against black and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals when selecting candidates to fill positions.
His comments come in the wake of the release of a report by the Race for Opportunity campaign, which suggested that people in this category are better represented at university now but still find it more difficult to gain employment than their white counterparts.
It found that 56.3 per cent of BAME students who graduated in 2007-08 found work within a year, compared with 66 per cent of white students.
Responding to the results of the research, Mr Berkeley stated: "BAME students still too often lack the networks and confidence to enter certain professions."