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Working Standards

Ethnic minorities face a number of disadvantages in employment such as lower wages, longer hours, unsafe working conditions and higher risk of unemployment. This compounded by poorer health in minority ethnic communities which limits ability to earn and save, can lead to a life of poverty in retirement.

Retirement Age

The Government is aiming to increase the age at which people can draw a state pension from 65 to 66 years of age while consulting how to stop employers from forcing workers to retire. PRIAE recommended that an increase in retirement age must be clearly coupled with measures to enable BME elders to remain in employment in later life which requires development of skills, training and life long learning.

Diversity & Equality

PRIAE projects such as Contribution of Ethnic Minority Employees to UK Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (CEMESME) and READii which have encouraged diversity and greater acceptance of a multi-cultural workforce, have been part of a broader strategy to promote equality in the workplace