“With the introduction of Regional Governance, it has never been more important to have information on the key demographics of the local populations and cities to ensure there is inclusive engagement.” Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
24,457 workers in the UK participated in Business in the Community’s Race at Work survey. Every region participated giving a unique insight into how people feel about race at work. This factsheet shares some of the West Midlands regional insights drawn from the survey - evidence of leadership and sadly the existence of racial harassment/ bullying, particularly from managers. The insight is supported by the latest government statistics available on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) populations in the West Midlands and UK. With the introduction of Regional Governance, it has never become more important to have information on the key demographics of the local populations and cities, to ensure there is inclusive engagement. It is important to understand the diversity in the demographic profile of cities within the West Midlands which is 17.3% BAME in contrast to Birmingham which is 41.9% BAME. Inside the school gates the ethnic diversity is even greater with 68% of Birmingham’s primary school children being minority ethnic and in areas such as Sandwell and Wolverhampton minority ethnic children make up over fifty percent of the primary cohort, 55% and 52% respectively.