3 in 10 black employees say discrimination to blame for failing to achieve their career expectations

New survey of over 1,200 UK employees by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, examines BAME employee career progression.

29 per cent of black employees say that discrimination has played a part in a lack of career progression to date, almost three times as many as white British employees, according to a new survey of over 1,200 UK employees by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development.

One in five BAME (British. Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) employees (20 per cent) said that discrimination had played a part in a lack of career progression to date, compared to just one in ten (11 per cent) white British employees. This comes despite the fact that significantly more BAME employees said career progression was an important part of their working life than those from a white British background (25 per cent vs 10 per cent).

When asked what would improve their career progression, BAME employees were much more likely than white British employees to say that seeing other people like them that have progressed in the organisation, and a greater diversity of people at senior levels in their organisation would help boost their career progression. Additionally, the survey found that a quarter of BAME respondents (23 per cent) whose organisations don’t provide mentoring said they would find it useful in achieving their potential at work.

See the full CIPD report here