Business in the Community's Race into Work - Revisited

Executive Summary / Introduction

Business in the Community’s Race into Work: the employment status of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leavers from Higher Education in 2011/2012.


Four years ago, Business in the Community’s race equality campaign reported briefly on the success rates of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) graduates finding employment after leaving higher education at the end of the 2008/09 academic year.1 The report found that employment outcomes were substantially different between white and BAME graduates. In particular - that BAME graduates were significantly less likely to be employed even though they were qualified. A review of the same HESA2 data for the academic year ending 2011/12 highlighted some interesting trends but not necessarily of a positive nature:


  • There has been no change in the disproportionate success rates of BAME leavers from higher education finding full-time employment six months after graduation.
  • Black African and Black Other graduates are three times more likely to be unemployed than white graduates.
  • Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean graduates are far more likely to be in part-time employment as opposed to full-time work on leaving university.
  • Although success rates for Chinese graduates finding full-time employment have improved, there is still a 10 percentage point gap between their success rate and that of white graduates.


1 See Race into Higher Education update June 2011: The Race into Work 
2 Higher Educational Statistical Agency (HESA) Desination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey for end of academic year 2011/12