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Key Statistics

Find labour market and education statistics for ethnic minority groups

Use BTEG’s Key Statistics to find up to date national statistics for population, education and labour market for each of the UK’s main ethnic minority groups. BTEG’s Key Statistics bring together the most recent national statistics for ethnic minority groups to provide a quick and easy reference source for data on ethnic minorities.

To find key statistics in the workbook, click on the worksheet tabs to select an ethnic group. Each page shows the most recent published statistics for that ethnic group. The data workbook (.xlsx format) is available here.

BTEG’s Key Statistics show that:

  • In 2016, the unemployment rate for Black Caribbean and Black African young men (aged 16 to 24) was 29%. This was almost double the average unemployment rate for all young men, which was 15%.

  • The national unemployment rate for women aged 16+ was 4.7% in 2016 but more than three times higher than this for Pakistani and Bangladeshi women, at 15.4%.

  • In 2014/15, 4.4% of all primary and secondary school pupils in England were excluded from school for a fixed period. In the same period, 17.5% of Irish Traveller and 18.6% of Gypsy Roma pupils received a fixed period exclusion from school.

  • Black Caribbean university students had a non-continuation rate of 12.8% in 2013/14 (i.e. the percentage of first year undergraduates who were no longer in Higher Education one year later). This is almost double the average of 7% for all first year undergraduate students.

  • In 2013/14, 72.7% of all new graduates achieved grade 2.1 or higher, but only 48.6% of Black African graduates.

We welcome your feedback on the Key Statistics.  If there are other statistics for ethnic minority groups that you would like to see published here, please let us know. Please contact Jeremy Crook OBE, Chief Executive of BTEG, at:

BTEG’s Key Statistics series is prepared by Liz Mackie from Shared Enterprise CIC. Shared Enterprise CIC provides research and evaluation support to organisations tackling race inequalities. To find out more visit or contact  



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