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BAME IT workers better qualified, but less likely to be in top jobs, says survey

Published: 13/07/2020

A new survey from The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) finds that BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) IT professionals are less likely to be in positions of responsibility than those of white ethnicity - despite on the whole being better qualified.

The overall percentage of BAME workers in IT is relatively high, according to the BCS’ 2020 Diversity Report, which analyses workforce trends using data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). However, only 9% of BAME IT specialists were directors and 32% of BAME workers described themselves as a manager or supervisor compared with 43% of white workers, according to this research. 

BAME workers also have, on average, better qualifications, with almost nine in ten BAME IT specialists holding a Degree or HE level qualification (85%), compared with less than seven in ten (66%) of those from white ethnic groups, BCS concludes.

On the plus side, latest figures show there were 268,000 IT specialists in the UK from BAME, representing 18% of all IT specialists in the UK at that time - a notably higher level of representation than for BAME workers in the workforce as a whole which is 12%.

The report finds no evidence of a pay gap between ethnic groups as a whole. In 2019, BAME IT specialists working as full-time employees were earning the same as IT specialists as a whole - with median hourly rates in each case of £21.

For more information and to read the report in full, please visit the BCS website