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1 Unequal Wales: the evidence Victoria Winckler Bevan Foundation

2 About the Bevan Foundation Registered charity Research, discussions and debates, articles, pamphlets, magazines Concern with social justice JOIN!

3 About the Review of evidence Commissioned by EHRC - Jan 2008 Brief was to undertake a review of recent research evidence on equality issues in Wales. Completed October 2008 - published March 2009

4 What it covered Each equality strand plus Welsh language Only research specific to Wales. Published between 2000 and Oct. 2008. Not guaranteed to be comprehensive. Broad definition of research.

5 Employment themes Economic activity Unemployment Self employment Pay Occupational segregation Flexible working Fair treatment at work Trade union membership

6 Economic Activity - race Ethnic minorities less likely to be economically active than White groups. variation between ethnic groups, Variation between women and men, Variation between younger / older people. Particularly low rates amongst refugees.

7 Economic activity - gender Women less likely to be economically active than men: Gap widest for ages 25 - 39 Women with dependent children much less likely to work than men with dependent children Maternity leave patterns very similar to England Powerful evidence on impact of caring for children and other relatives on womens employment

8 Economic activity - disability Huge and widening gap between disabled and non-disabled people. NB gap particularly large in Wales. Variation according to disability - people with mental health conditions have lowest activity rates Disabled people with qualifications more likely to be employed than those without qualifications

9 Economic activity - age Older people (50+) less likely to be active than younger people. NB particularly low rate for older people in Wales.

10 Economic activity - sexual orientation and religion Very little evidence LGB activity rate appears little different Muslims have low rate, mainly because of of very low participation of Muslim women.

11 Unemployment Higher rates amongst: ethnic minority groups than Whites disabled people than non-disabled younger people than older people Lower rates amongst women - and different experiences Data on sexual orientation and religion unreliable / old

12 Self-employment Higher amongst: Ethnic minority groups than White groups. disabled people than non-disabled (?) older people than younger people Muslims than other religions. LGB than whole population. Much lower amongst women than men.

13 Pay Strong evidence of pay gaps for: Migrant vs Welsh workers Women vs men Disabled vs non-disabled Younger & older workers vs middle aged Little or no evidence on sexual orientation and religion

14 Pay (cont.) Gender pay gap: Greatest in private sector, at top of pay scale, where no collective bargaining Some evidence that Wales not performing well on action on gender pay gap Though positive evaluation of close gap campaign

15 Segregation Marked segregation by occupation and industry for: Ethnic minority groups - further complicated by gender & age Women - sector, industry, occupation and apprenticeships Disabled people Limited evidence for others

16 Flexible working Part time working: More women than men work PT mainly because of care responsibilities More disabled people than non-disabled people work PT More older people than younger people work PT More white people than ethnic minority groups work PT

17 Flexible working Evidence on other forms of flexible working mixed Variable access to it Variable levels of take up Implementation matters as well as policy

18 Fair treatment Less bullying / discrimination in Wales than elsewhere? Fewer cases? Evidence of unfair treatment amongst: Ethnic minority groups Women especially pregnant women LGB workers Non-Christian groups Little evidence on disability and age

19 Trades union membership Most likely to be members: Women Older people Resident rather than migrant workers No evidence on race, disability, religion or sexual orientation

20 Conclusions Patchwork of evidence Common issues across equality strands: Routes into employment - expectations / opportunities - adapting jobs for caring and disability Pay gaps Bullying and discrimination

21 The Bevan Foundation Innovation Centre Festival Drive Ebbw Vale NP23 8XA Tel 01495 356702

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