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PREJUDICE HARMS ETHNIC MANAGERS

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Racial discrimination and a lack of resources is holding back ethnic minority managers in local government, accordi...
Racial discrimination and a lack of resources is holding back ethnic minority managers in local government, according to new research.

The study commissioned by the Local Government Management Board of 53 local authorities and more than 500 managers, found white employees were more likely to be managers than staff of other races and a high proportion of black staff remain in low positions, despite having similar educational profiles.

Black and minority managers cited discrimination as a barrier to career progression, saying white staff take precedence in training. Too few resources was the most common impediment cited.

But black and ethnic minority men are more likely than any other group to aspire to become chief executives, although 52% think their chances for progression in local government are poor, compared to a third of white managers.

The report, Evening the odds, suggests councils monitor the racial spread of staff, give more chances to black and minority managers to 'act up' in senior posts and give them greater consideration in secondments.
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