Fewer jobs and lower pay: Black graduates
pay price in jobs crisis as majority fail to find work

Report condemns a lack of opportunities and bleak outlook in employment

Just four out of ten black students are in full-time employment six months after leaving university, new figures have shown.

Unpublished material from the Higher Education Statistics Authority reveals that black students are 30 per cent less likely to be employed than their white counterparts.

The figures emerge as a damming report from the black employment charity Elevation Networks and the think-tank the Bow Group claims that even those who get jobs will earn 9 per cent less for the same type of work within five years.

The report concludes that black students don't face "a level playing field" in educational and employment opportunities and calls on the Government to develop a "coherent strategy" to tackle inequality of opportunity.

Last night the Labour MP Diane Abbott said that black students were "prisoners of a culture of low expectation" as well as facing discrimination in the employment market. "This is an old problem which has been made worse by the recession," she said.

"Employers are now much less likely to take a chance than they were and this is adversely affecting black students."

The report found a widespread disbelief among black students that their race would not affect their chances of finding a job.

In a survey of 2,000 black students more than 40 per cent said they anticipated discrimination from employers because of their race, while around 60 per cent did not expect to be in full-time work within six months of graduating.

But the study found that cultural and educational factors were just as important in the lack of achievement. It cited statistics showing that 46 per cent of black students who came from London stayed in the city to study for their degree compared with just 3 per cent of white students who grew up in the capital.

The situation was not so grim for white graduates, more than half of whom were in full-time employment (52 per cent) six months after finishing their studies.

Forty-two per cent of Asian graduates had found a full-time job, according to the figures.

Samuel Kasumu, the founder of Elevation Networks, said part of the problem was that not enough black students were applying to elite universities. "Often parents are reluctant for their children to study away from home or simply do not have the knowledge to push them in the right direction," he said.

Mr Kasumu said the evidence suggested that partly because of the recession top employers were not looking beyond universities such as Oxford and Cambridge to recruit graduates which had long-term implications for social mobility.

Simon Hughes, the Government's advocate for access to education, said the report needed to guide government policy in the area.

"Although there is evidence of improvement, there are still too few black youngsters who apply to university, and particularly to the highest ranking universities," he said.

Case study: 'I thought that I would get a job straight away'

Richard Kuti, 24, head of network at the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs, lives in Beckenham, Kent. He graduated from London South Bank University in 2010 with a 2:2 in Business Administration

During the first two years of uni I never had much of an experience and ended up having to repeat a year. Some teachers were good but others I wasn't happy with and I didn't feel I always had their support.

I went to South Bank through clearing. I had originally wanted to go to Queen Mary but didn't get the grades. Going outside London was never really a consideration.

Once I was at uni I felt that my career prospects were becoming increasingly bleak. I just didn't click with my course and felt that it was a bit "soft" and not skills-based enough.

I started to do a lot of extra-curricular things in my third year and thought that once I left I'd get a job straight away. But I applied for hundreds of jobs and got turned down left, right and centre. I think it was probably because of the university I'd gone to.

Now I've got a job that I absolutely love but there's so much that I've had to learn along the way that I wish I'd been told from the start.

In numbers

60% Proportion of black graduates not in full-time employment six months after leaving university

40% Percentage of black students who expect racial discrimination from employers

30% Proportion of black graduates less likely to find work than their white counterpart

Snoop Dogg pictured at The Hollywood Reporter Nominees' Night in February, 2013
people... says Snoop Dogg
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Life and Style
food + drinkZebra meat is exotic and lean - but does it taste good?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Arts and Entertainment
Residents of Derby Road in Southampton oppose filming of Channel 4 documentary Immigration Street in their community
Scottish singer Susan Boyle will perform at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow
commonwealth games
Lane Del Rey performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2014
people... but none of them helped me get a record deal, insists Lana Del Rey
Arts and Entertainment
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in Hercules
filmReview: The Rock is a muscular Davy Crockett in this preposterous film, says Geoffrey Macnab
Life and Style
Arts and Entertainment
British author Howard Jacobson has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize
A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
Arts and Entertainment
Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
filmA cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

IT Portfolio Analyst/ PMO

£40000 - £50000 Per Annum Excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd:...

Systems Analyst (Technical, UML, UI)

£30000 - £40000 Per Annum + excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...

Cost Reporting-MI Packs-Edinburgh-Bank-£350/day

£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Cost Reporting Manager - MI Packs -...

Senior Private Client Solicitor - Gloucestershire

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: Senior Private Client Solicitor - We are makin...

Day In a Page

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn