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Low-paid employees by ethnicity

Key points

  • Low pay rates vary substantially between different ethnic groups.
  • The low pay rate for Bangladeshi employees at 52% is three times higher than for those of White British origin (18%).
  • Those of Indian and Other White ethnicity have the lowest proportion of employees paid below the Living Wage after White British, both around 24%.

Low-paid employees by ethnicity

What does this graph show?

Low pay rates vary substantially between different ethnic groups. The graph shows that the low pay rate for Bangladeshi employees at 52% is three times higher than for those of White British origin (18%). Pakistani and those of other ethnic groups not covered by this categorisation have the next highest rates of low pay, at 37% and 36% respectively. Those of Indian and Other White ethnicity have the lowest proportion of employees paid below the Living Wage after White British, both around 24%.

The relative size of these groups means that the low pay workforce as a whole looks slightly different: 38% of the low-paid are White British while only 4% are Bangladeshi. Other White and then Black African/Caribbean/Black British are the next largest groups among the low-paid, at 17% and 13% of the total respectively.

Data used

Labour Force Survey, ONS

Indicator last updated: 21 October 2015