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16th November 2010

<p><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt"><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Many NBP members and other BAME colleagues that I speak to tell&nbsp;me they&nbsp;are very worried and apprehensive about the future. With such huge reductions in public expenditure about to bite and with the&nbsp;associated loss of public and private sector jobs, ethnic minority professionals are&nbsp;looking for guidance and advice on how to respond to what may lie ahead. &nbsp;We have recently run a series of very successful regional workshops to help individuals&nbsp;prepare themselves for what may be around the corner and what to do if they are unfortunate enough to be made redundant. </span></span></p> <p><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">But evidence from previous recessions tends to suggest that BAME workers may be more at risk from redundancies than other groups? We&nbsp;know&nbsp;that ethnic minority&nbsp;teachers and lecturers&nbsp;are more likely to be employed on temporary&nbsp;and fixed-terms contracts and that employers may look to lose these workers first when they need to make staffing reductions.&nbsp; <br /></span><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> <br />We also know that 40% of ethnic minority workers are employed in the public sector so this would tend to suggest that that&nbsp;ethnic minority staff working in local government, in schools and colleges, in&nbsp;housing associations,&nbsp;in&nbsp;the voluntary and community sectors and in social enterprises are at particular risk.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">The Higher Education Statistical Agency&nbsp;published figures in 2007&nbsp;that showed that&nbsp;ethnic minority graduates&nbsp; were&nbsp;two and half times <em>more</em> likely to be unemployed than their white colleagues and that was for&nbsp;students graduating in&nbsp;2003 when jobs were much more plentiful. It is likely that the latest figures will show that the position for&nbsp;BAME graduates may be much worse now.&nbsp; <br /></span><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt"> <br />But we would&nbsp;really like to hear from you as BAME professionals on this issue. What has been your experience?&nbsp; Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? What&nbsp;have you been doing&nbsp;to prepare personally and collectively for the future?&nbsp; <br /> <br /></span><span verdana?,?sans-serif??="" style="FONT-FAMILY: ; COLOR: black; FONT-SIZE: 9pt">Post your comments on this blog now. </span></p>

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