Bittersweet success? Glass ceilings for Britain’s ethnic minorities at the top of business and the professions

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November 15, 2016


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.





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