Private sector employers are being urged by the Government to implement joined up strategies that will recruit ethnic minorities.
A report, Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market, by the Government's strategy unit, has called for private sector employers to work together to increase the number of ethnic minority staff in their workplaces.
The report's finding's have been backed by thinktank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR).
The IPPR's race equalities and diversity taskforce will consider the report's recommendations to see how to take them forward.
Peter Ellwood, chair of the IPPR's taskforce, said he welcomed the changes. "Ethnic minorities are an untapped resource for the 1.1 million private sector employers," he said.
The taskforce is made up of employers including Barclays Bank, BT, Ford and Sainsbury's.