Ethnic minority children beat white peers to well-paid jobs

Young people from ethnic minority families are now beating their working class white peers into well-paid jobs, according to research.

The research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, tracked the employment of 140,000 people in England and Wales over 30 years from the 1960s.

It found that new generations of Indian, Chinese, Caribbean and African families are moving ahead in the employment market, largely thanks to the encouragement of their parents.

The research, led by Lucinda Platt, from the University of Essex, revealed that people from Indian working class families are the most successful.

Using data from the Office for National Statistics, Platt found that 56% of people from Indian working class families took up professional or managerial roles in adulthood, while only 43% of those from white, non-immigrant families went into such jobs. Among youngsters from Caribbean families, the figure was 45%.

But not all ethnic minorities were experiencing success in the employment market. People from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities were underperforming both other migrant groups and their white working peers, the study found.

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