The welfare of ethnic minority individuals in Britain depends critically on how they fare in the labour market. This report provides a detailed empirical analysis of labour market outcomes and explores how ethnically diverse these outcomes are and how they have changed over time.
Specifically, the report looks at how changes in labour market outcomes are related to the demographic characteristics of minority groups. It investigates the occupational attainment and earnings of ethnic minority groups in employment, analysing men and women separately throughout. The report concludes with implications for government policy towards ethnic minorities in the labour market.
Ethnic minorities in the labour market is aimed at policy makers, economists, social scientists and academics who are concerned about the welfare of Britain's ethnic minorities. It provides a timely and detailed analysis of an issue increasingly seen to be key to the understanding of social cohesion.
Ken Clark is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Manchester, UK. Stephen Drinkwater is a senior lecturer in economics at the University of Surrey. Both authors are research fellows of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany.
Introduction; Employment; Self-employment; Occupation and earnings; Conclusions.