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Young Black people continue to face ‘employment barriers’, says EY chair

The comment comes in response to a recent survey conducted by the firm which found that just 13% of young Black people felt their ethnicity did not present any barriers to starting a career, regardless of job sector

Hywel Ball, UK chair of EY has said that many young Black people continue to face “employment barriers” and “lack the opportunities” open to others. 

The comment comes in response to a recent survey conducted by the firm which found that just 13% of young Black people felt their ethnicity did not present any barriers to starting a career, regardless of job sector.

In addition, 26% of those surveyed who have a job said their ethnicity has had the greatest negative impact on their ability to access promotion and progression at work.

The research shows that challenges for young Black people can often begin before education has been completed – with 31% of those surveyed stating that their ethnicity had “hindered their ability to progress at school”.

Ball said the results of the findings reveal an “unacceptable” yet “sadly familiar picture”. 

He said: “Despite a strong desire to succeed, many young Black people continue to face employment barriers and lack the opportunities open to others. This can happen both at school and in workplaces across the UK, where many young Black people feel that the way promotions are awarded and how work is allocated can limit their progression.

“While recent findings from the Parker Review show that ethnic minority representation amongst FTSE 350 Boards is improving, our survey shows that there is still a long way to go when it comes to the lived experiences of young Black talent. Targeted, focused action is needed across all businesses to create fairer, more inclusive workplaces across the UK.”

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