London, January 8, 2009 (IANS)
across Britain are keeping their doors firmly
shut to black and Asian managers, preventing them
from stepping into top executive jobs, according
to research published Thursday. Although
a high proportion of 17 percent of students in
universities are from ethnic minorities, they
appear to face a stubborn exclusion later in life
in boardrooms in both public and private sectors,
said the charity Business in the Community (BITC).
We're talking about
people who are born here and educated here and
have lived here for 40, 50 years, said Sandra
Kerr of BITC, describing the findings as devastating.
The research found that 80
percent of ethnic minority executives were in
the public sector but Kerr said some sectors have
tiny numbers that couldn't be analysed.
The financial sector has
considerably more representation of
ethnic minorities, she said.
The BITC says the situation
was likely to worsen over the next decade unless
action was taken to shatter the last glass
The government has
focussed on reducing the unemployment gap and
put some measures in place ... but there has not
been a profile of what we have seen around gender
and to some degree sexuality, Kerr said.
Chief executives need
to walk into their boardroom, take a look around,
and ask themselves: 'Does this represent in any
way, shape or form what I see around me when I
walk around streets every day?' Then they need
to do something about it."
The report suggests that
a handful of high-profile, top black and ethnic
minority executives, such as Suma Chakrabarti,
permanent secretary at the ministry of justice,
and private equity boss Damon Buffini are prominent