Bittersweet success? Glass ceilings for Britain’s ethnic minorities at the top of business and the professions
Policy Exchange’s major new report on ethnic minority progression at the top of business and the professions is a story of glass half full and glass half empty. In the past generation, a cohort of talented minority Brits has emerged from elite universities into top posts in medicine, the law, and some parts of business. Indeed, minority representation in the highest social class — the higher managerial and professional class — is now 11.6 per cent non-white minority compared to just 10.8 per cent white people. But there are still blockages in particular at the very top of the NHS, the civil service, academia and business — the FTSE100 has only 17 non-white British-born directors out of more than 1,000.