A lack of diversity among the UK’s most pow­er­ful peo­ple

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There are lots of pow­er­ful peo­ple in the UK. Some are politi­cians or news­pa­per ed­i­tors, while oth­ers are CEOs. CEO stands for chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer – the high­est po­si­tion in a com­pany. How­ever, out of 1,049 of the most pow­er­ful peo­ple in Bri­tain, only 36 – or just over 3% – come from a BAME back­ground, ac­cord­ing to a study. BAME stands for black, Asian and mi­nor­ity eth­nic. An eth­nic mi­nor­ity is a group of peo­ple of a par­tic­u­lar race, which has dif­fer­ent na­tional or cul­tural tra­di­tions from the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion. As of 2011, of­fi­cial records show that 12.9% of the UK’s pop­u­la­tion is non-white. Just seven of the 1,049 are BAME women.

The study found that out of the top 100 CEOs in the UK, only two of them came from a BAME back­ground. Nei­ther of them were women. The study also found that of the 23 Cab­i­net min­is­ters – who form the Govern­ment and make im­por­tant de­ci­sions about the coun­try – only two of them were BAME.

The worst sec­tors for hir­ing non-white peo­ple to pow­er­ful po­si­tions were the po­lice, the Armed Forces and pub­lish­ing. The Mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan, one of the 36 BAME in­di­vid­u­als in­cluded in the study, said: “It’s so im­por­tant to pro­mote the suc­cess­ful fig­ures from Bri­tain’s BAME com­mu­ni­ties. We need to cre­ate a sense of op­ti­mism, as­pi­ra­tion and hope.” Sadiq Khan be­came Lon­don’s first eth­nic mi­nor­ity mayor when he was elected in May 2016. He is also the first Mus­lim to be­come mayor of a ma­jor cap­i­tal city in Europe or North Amer­ica.

In light of the study, Re­becca Hilsen­rath, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Equal­ity and Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion – part of the Govern­ment – said: “There is ab­so­lutely no rea­son why BAME peo­ple should not be able to reach the top of their cho­sen pro­fes­sion.”

Sadiq Khan.

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