The Labour Market Position of Minority Ethnic Groups in Britain

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

Star Education Centre 116 Hyde Road, Ardwick, MANCHESTER, M12 5AR

Prof Yaojun Li

Professor of Sociology at the Institute for Social Change, Manchester University

There has been a lot of research on minority ethnic groups in Britain since the mid 1990s but most of the studies are piece-meal unable to give us a comprehensive picture of the minority ethnic disadvantage, the inter-group variations, and the possible progress they are making in the socio-economic life of Britain. I have been conducting fairly systematic research on minority ethnic integration in Britain using the most authoritative data sources available such as the General Household Survey (1972-2005), the Labour Force Survey (1983-2005), the Citizenship Survey (2001-9), and the 3% Samples of Anonymised Records from the 1991 and the 2001 Censuses of the Population in Britain in conjunction with the 6% Integrated Public Use series from the US Censuses of the Population in 1990 and 2000. My analysis focuses on employment, social class, labour market earnings, social mobility, second-generation educational and occupational attainment, Britain-US comparisons, social capital and philanthropy and racial discrimination. In this talk, I will give a brief summary of the key research findings in these areas and discuss some policy implications.