Our Fulfilling Work theme explores the links between work and wellbeing. Our first report in this area, Work and Wellbeing, touched on the long-standing disadvantage faced by ethnic minority workers in the labour market as one amongst a range of topics. In 2020, we explored some of these inequalities further.
Exploring connections between work, ethnicity and mental health
In March 2020, the Trust published a joint report with Operation Black Vote and University College London: Race Inequality in the Workforce – Exploring connections between work, ethnicity and mental health. The report presents data from Next Steps, a longitudinal study of the ‘millennial generation’ in England. The work revealed persistent issues around the relationships between employment, ethnicity and mental health and underlined that there are enduring inequalities in the workplace between ethnic groups. The report also presented recommendations for actions – for government, for mental health services and for employers.
Analysing the state of play in the coronavirus economy
Shortly after the launch of the report, the coronavirus outbreak prompted a national lockdown. Within weeks, there was a new focus on issues of race inequality, not only due to the impact of the virus on ethnic minority communities, but also following the death of George Floyd and subsequent widening of engagement with the increasingly globasl #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Within our Fulfilling Work theme, we undertook research to better understand the impact of coronavirus and the lockdown on the labour market. Alongside the main report which can be found here, we published Race Inequality in the Workforce – Analysing the state of play in the coronavirus economy. This report considers the additional risks faced by BAME workers, both in terms of being in high-risk roles, and also being at an increased risk of poor job quality and job losses. The report outlines 11 recommendations for action, including that the government should introduce a multi-year plan for jobs which specifically considers groups who are most at risk of suffering poor job quality.
You can read the report in full here.