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The picture for minority ethnic groups tends to be very mixed with some groups doing much better than others. For example, although people of Chinese and Indian origin tend to be relatively well represented in the labour market, in terms of highly qualified work, people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi and African Caribbean origin have very different experiences. Not only are Pakistani and Bangladeshi men more likely to be unemployed than white men, they are also likely to experience lower levels of pay. Women of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are significantly less likely to be working than white women. It has been suggested that there is a link between discrimination in the labour market and the trend towards high levels of self-employment for Pakistani and Bangladeshi men. This picture is further compounded by gender, disability and age.
This study is a qualitative research project which aimed to understand the barriers to the take-up of benefits (specifically the Minimum Income Guarantee) among black and minority ethnic (BME) older people.
Page updated: Wednesday, August 09, 2006