Revealed: £127 billion a year – the cost of not being a white British man
- New research reveals for the first time the full size of the income gap for women, and men from ethnic minority groups
- Women, and men from ethnic minority groups, would have extra incomes totalling an extra £127 billion a year, or £9,300 per person, if their incomes matched those of White British men
New research undertaken by the International Inequalities Institute and Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, in collaboration with diversity campaigner June Sarpong, has for the first time revealed the full extent of the income gap between white British men and those from other ethnic backgrounds, and women from all ethnic backgrounds.
When analysed on a per capita basis, the figures reveal an even starker picture of inequality between ethnic groups in the UK:
- Bangladeshi men and women face the biggest income gap – the average Bangladeshi man has an income £207 less per week/£10,800 per year than the average White British man, while the average Bangladeshi woman gets £265 less per week/£13,800 less per year than the average White British man
- While the average Chinese man’s income is just £17.50 less per week/£910 per year than the average White British man, the average Chinese woman’s is £158 less per week/£8,200 less per year than the average White British man
Commenting, June Sarpong, who commissioned the research to support her campaign to encourage greater diversity in the workplace, said:
“Unless you are a white British man, working in the UK today means you lose out.
These figures demonstrate the urgent need for clear policy from government and business to urgently close the income gap. Promoting diversity and tackling income inequality will be good for everyone in society.”
Professor John Hills, who contributed to the research at the London School of Economics, added
”There are many reasons why the incomes of women and men from different ethnic groups are behind those of White British men. Sometimes it is the choices couples make over caring, and who works part-time, where the figures show the scale of the difference in who gets what – and sometimes has more control over it. Sometimes it is outright discrimination, where what people get does not fully reflect their roles. But sometimes, it is sheer waste, where people have ended up in jobs where as a country we are not making the best use of their skills and abilities.”
The tables below reveal the income gap between the average White British man and different ethnic groups. Table 1 demonstrate the gap on a weekly basis per capita, and Table 2 demonstrates the income gap on an annual basis per capita.
|Income gaps (£ per week) (vs White UK men at £676.8/week)|
|Income Gaps (£ per year) vs White UK men at £35,193.6/year|