Women from the Bangladeshi community in the UK earn almost a third less per hour on average than white British men. A recently published survey has revealed this alarming pay disparity.
Fawcett Society says gap revealed in its analysis of pay data ‘should be causing national outrage’
An analysis of pay data also reveals that mixed-race women and women of Black Caribbean heritage take home a quarter less money than their white male counterparts.
The Fawcett Society publishes the figures on what has been designated Ethnicity Pay Gap Day 2024.
Researchers have dug into statistics revealed in a big gender pay gap report published by the campaign group last November. The figures show significant differences between groups of women – and an even bigger disparity with men.
Alesha De-Freitas, the head of policy at Fawcett, said the ethnicity pay gap was “creating double trouble for Black and minoritised women” in the UK.
“The figures that we have here are so very stark,” she said. “The fact that women of Bangladeshi heritage are earning on average almost a third less per hour than white British men should be causing national outrage.”
The analysis shows there is a 14.7% pay gap between women of Bangladeshi and Pakistani heritage and white British women. Compared with white British men, the figure is 28.4%.
Between women of Black Caribbean heritage and white British men, the gap is 25%.
Dianne Greyson is the founder of the campaign group that created the annual 8 January Ethnicity Pay Gap Day. She called on the government to introduce mandatory ethnicity pay gap reporting.
Bangladeshis form one of the UK’s largest group of people of overseas descent and are also one of the country’s youngest and fastest growing communities.
The centenary of the beginning of the journey of the Bangladeshi community in Britain has passed long ago.
But, even after a hundred years, compared to Indians, other South Asians and many other ethnic minority communities living in the country, Bangladeshis are lagging behind in terms of education, employment, politics and even in the health sector.
Another analysis of the latest survey by the Living Wage Foundation and ONS found that Bangladeshi workers are the lowest paid national community in London. Those who earn 29.7 percent less than the London Living Wage.