Figures reveal under-representation of BAME managers in construction

Just 1% of directors and senior managers in UK construction are black, according to official figures.

While 94.9% of senior figures in the industry are white, only 1.8% are of Indian ethnicity and just 0.4% are of Pakistani ethnicity.

The number of directors and senior managers from Chinese and Bangladeshi groups were so small that they registered as 0% in the Office for National Statistics employment data, highlighted by Construction Products Association (CPA) economics director Noble Francis.

Source: ONS/Noble Francis

The figures show the extent to which black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are under-represented in construction. According to the 2011 Census, the total population of England and Wales was 56.1m, of which 86% was white. People from Asian ethnic groups made up the second largest percentage of the population (at 7.5%), followed by black ethnic groups (at 3.3%). Mixed/multiple ethnic groups accounted for 2.2%, with other ethnic groups were at 1%.

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