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Ethnicity pay gap hitting Caribbean workers hardest

Research from Business in the Community (BITC) found workers of Caribbean heritage in professional roles face an average pay gap of £3,814 compared to their colleagues - the highest pay gap of any ethnic group.

More than half of the Caribbean workers surveyed (55%) felt they weren't being paid enough for the work that they do, despite almost three quarters (72%) having diplomas, degrees or PhDs.

A third of those asked said having a mentor would help them overcome obstacles in the workplace, yet only 14% had access to one.

Speaking to HR magazine Sandra Kerr, race director at BITC, said: "Reciprocal mentoring is a great way for leaders and allies in the workplace to collaborate and engage with their colleagues. If more employers were to provide mentors or step into the role themselves, we would see workplaces taking a step closer toward equality.

"There is no clear answer as to why there are not enough mentors available for the employees who want them, but this is an issue that employers can tackle."

The survey also showed a lack of representation for ethnic minorities at senior level, as only 3% of respondents were in senior higher paid roles. 

This was supported by the Multicultural Britain study from Opinium which found 36% of ethnic minorities felt their senior leadership was less diverse than the overall team. 

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