Business in the Community launches Race at Work survey for 2018

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Business in the Community has launched an updated version of its 2015 Race at Work survey.

Supported by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the survey will look at Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees’ experiences of race in the workplace.

It is hoped that the survey will increase the understanding of why BAME employees are under-represented in UK workplaces and at senior level, and to inform best practice recommendations in order to address these gaps.

The survey covers issues including leadership, progression, recruitment, workplace bullying and harassment, talking about race at work, and the monitoring and reporting of BAME pay gaps.

It is open to anyone aged 16 or over and currently employed or self-employed in the UK. Business in the Community are looking to hear from people of all ethnicities in response to the survey.

The survey will be launched today (21 February), marking the one-year anniversary of the publication of the McGregor-Smith Review of race in the workplace.

Speaking about the need for the research, Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said, “It is unacceptable that people are being held back in the workplace because of their ethnic background – we want to make sure that the economy works for everyone, so people have the same opportunities to progress and can achieve their true potential.”

“This new research will establish what steps employers have taken to haul down workplace barriers and harness the talent of a diverse workforce helping us to assess if further action is needed.”

Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community said, “I’m delighted that we are running the Race at Work survey again in 2018.”

“We received an overwhelming response to the original survey in 2015, which highlighted that this is an issue that people want to talk about.”

“Now we will see if the recommendations we made in 2015 are being put into practice by employers and what impact that is having on BAME employees across the UK.”

“I also welcome the Government’s commitment to support the survey and championing of the race equality agenda.”

The Race at Work survey will also run alongside the 2018 edition of Business in the Community’s Best Employers for Race listing.

The Race at Work survey and Best Employers for Race listing are open until Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Find out more and complete the survey here.

Alison Simpson
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