JESS Seminar: Employment dynamics among ethnic minorities in the United KingdomISER Internal Seminars

It is well-established that ethnic minorities suffer higher rates of unemployment than the white British group in the labour market, even among highly qualified graduates. However, until now there has not been an opportunity to consider the duration of unemployment, and stability of employment. This is important because frequently changing jobs means that employees have to rebuild job-specific human capital, making them less productive in the short term (all other things being equal). This may also help account for observed pay gaps, if ethnic minority employees do not receive increments or promotions due to shorter time in post. Longitudinal data in Understanding Society, the UK’s longitudinal household study, allows us to use survival analysis to examine (i) how the duration of employment and unemployment spells vary by the ethnicity and religious group of employees, (ii) what factors protect against short spells of employment. Does living in an area with more coethnic residents help ethnic minorities find a job, and are ethnic minority graduates able to access more stable employment than their counterparts without degrees?

Presented by:

Nicole Martin, ISER

Date & time:

9 Nov 2016 13:00 pm - 9 Nov 2016 14:00 pm


2N2.4.16, Large Seminar Room

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