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New research reveals high levels of job discrimination faced by ethnic minorities in Britain

Makbool Javaid

New research by the Centre for Social Investigation (CSI), Nuffield College, has revealed what the CSI calls “shocking levels of discrimination against job applicants from ethnic minority backgrounds”. Fictitious applications were made to nearly 3,200 real jobs, randomly varying applicants’ minority background, but holding their skills, qualifications and work experience constant. On average, 24% of applicants from the majority group (white people of British origin) received a positive response from employers, but only 15% of ethnic minorities received a positive response. 

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