Despite the improvements achieved in the UK’s employment diversity in recent years, women are still significantly underrepresented in the top 1% of earners in the UK. Black women are especially underrepresented, with less than 0.1% in the top 1%, compared to 1.3% of UK-born White men.
Overall, the gender pay gap in the UK is still at 18.4%, meaning that women earn on average 18.4% less than men. While the employment rate for people from ethnic minority backgrounds is 62.8%, compared to 76% for white people. And, the employment rate for people with disabilities is 52.5%, compared to 75.9% for people without disabilities (Gov. uk, 2022)
Although the gap has been narrowing in recent years, and it is expected to close completely by 2030, there is still a need for greater efforts to address these inequalities in the workplace and a lot more still needs to be done if we must achieve the 2030 target.
The Divas of Colour Careers Festival #StepOutStepUp will help create a more targeted outreach to help reach people from groups that are underrepresented in the workforce.
Despite recent improvements, women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds are still underrepresented in the UK workforce. The gender pay gap is 18.4%, and the employment rate for people from ethnic minority backgrounds is 62.8%. Divas of Colour is launching the 2024 careers festival #stepoutstepup campaign to help address these inequalities.