Double disadvantage: Black graduates face difficulties in finding jobs and lower pay

A report by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) has revealed that just four out of ten black students are in full time employment six months after leaving university. The HERA report concludes that black students do not face a “level playing field” in educational and employment opportunities. HERA has urged the government to develop a “coherent strategy” to tackle this inequality.

The unpublished material from the HESA comes weeks after Andrew Pilkington professor of sociology at the University of Northampton argued in the THES, that efforts to promote race equality in higher education have had “little impact”.

It was also found in another study featured in the Telegraph and Independent (by the Bow Group and Elevation Networks), that black graduates can expect to earn as much as 9% less than their white counterparts for the same work over five years.

Samuel Kasumu, founder of Elevation Networks, said: “We found black students are concerned about what their future once they graduate, many of them believe the odds are firmly stacked against them. With the increase in tuition fees, there has never been a more important time to ensure all graduates have an equal chance in the employment market.”

In numbers 

60% – proportion of black graduates not in full time employment six months after leaving university

40% of black students who expect racial discrimination from employers

30% – proportion of black graduates less likely to find work than their white counterparts


Dr Yaz Osho specialises in the politics of ‘race’ and racism, SME entrepreneurship, media representation, the sociology of work and racialized offline vs online identity politics. She has taught at Middlesex University, UEL, Goldsmiths, University of Westminster and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex.


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