UK black graduates hard hit by job crisis
A new report has found that black students are 30 percent less likely to be employed than their white peers in Britain, raising concerns that blacks are being discriminated against in the UK.
According to unpublished material from the Higher Education Statistics Authority, only four out of ten black students were in full-time employment six months after being graduated from university.
Meanwhile, a study conducted by the black employment charity Elevation Networks and the thinktank the Bow Group found that even those blacks who get jobs will earn 9 percent less compared to their white counterparts within five years.
Calling on the British government to develop a "coherent strategy" to tackle the problem, the study of 2,000 black students also revealed that they don't face "a level playing field" in educational and employment opportunities, with over 40 percent saying they anticipated discrimination from employers because of their race.
Labour MP Diane Abbott warned that black students were "prisoners of a culture of low expectation", saying, "Employers are now much less likely to take a chance than they were and this is adversely affecting black students."
Last month, Figures provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that in the last quarter of 2011 unemployment among black 16- to 24-year-olds stood at 55.9 percent, almost double the 28.8 per cent in the same quarter of 2008.