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Discrimination and disadvantage in local labour markets: issues affecting Black and minority ethnic women

Sue Yeandle and Lisa Buckner

in Policy for a change

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420541
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302988 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420541.003.0005
Discrimination and disadvantage in local labour markets: issues affecting Black and minority ethnic women

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This chapter addresses the labour-market situation and labour-force participation of ethnic-minority women, focusing on the local labour market situation of Indian women in Birmingham and Leicester; the position of two much smaller ethnic-minority groups (Pakistani and Bangladeshi women), again in two specific local labour markets; and the relationship between changing levels of qualification, different family circumstances, and labour-market participation among Black Caribbean women. Indian women, in Birmingham and Leicester, experience clustering in the manufacturing sector, and disadvantage in terms of job level within it. Although many young Bangladeshi women had succeeded in accessing educational opportunities, mature women in this group were living lives very different from those of White British female residents. The experience of women of differing ethnicities indicates that living in the UK when young and educational achievement within the UK system both raise economic activity and employment rates.

Keywords: labour market; labour force; Indian women; Pakistani women; Bangladeshi women; Black Caribbean women; Birmingham; Leicester

Chapter.  9051 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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