New study: Muslims face worst discrimination in British job market

Published: December 1, 2014
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Muslim men were up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. PHOTO: AFP

Muslim men were up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. PHOTO: AFP

Muslims are facing the worst job discrimination of any minority group in Britain, The Independent reported citing a new research which found that they had the lowest chance of being in work or in a managerial role.

Muslim men were up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. And Muslim women were up to 65 per cent less likely to be employed than their white Christian counterparts.

Muslims were the most disadvantaged in terms of employment prospects out of 14 ethno-religious groupings in the UK, researchers Dr Nabil Khattab and Professor Ron Johnston found using data from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey of more than half a million people. Skin colour made little difference to the figures.

Dr Khattab, of Bristol University, said the situation was “likely to stem from placing Muslims collectively at the lowest stratum within the country’s racial or ethno-cultural system due to growing Islamophobia and hostility against them.

“They are perceived as disloyal and as a threat rather than just as a disadvantaged minority,” he added. “Within this climate, many employers will be discouraged from employing qualified Muslims, especially if there are others from their own groups.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 1st, 2014.

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  • Kamran
    Dec 1, 2014 - 2:21AM

    It comes down to the behavior of Muslims and their failure to integrate in the most basic ways into British society. The question is, they went to the UK because of a better life from where they were living. It would be prudent that instead of imposing their own will on society, they should try and understand that the country accepted them in and they need to respect that.

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  • rationalist
    Dec 1, 2014 - 2:56AM

    Asians are facing the worst job discrimination of any human race in Gulf…!!

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  • Golden Words
    Dec 1, 2014 - 7:36AM

    Good reason for more of you to become terrorists. Come on.. go for it.

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  • doesnt matter
    Dec 1, 2014 - 9:55AM

    it is unreasonable to expect employers to accept the five prayer breaks demand

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  • Rehan Ahmed
    Dec 1, 2014 - 11:43AM

    Come back to the Origin

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  • raw is war
    Dec 1, 2014 - 12:41PM

    The article states that the study is for Managerial cadre. For this employers look for capability and qualification. Not religion.

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  • Stranger
    Dec 1, 2014 - 1:07PM

    M should ask themselves where are we going wrong ? Remember – Anything that happens to me happens only because of me .

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  • Zia
    Dec 1, 2014 - 1:24PM

    @Kamran:
    Muslims here in Canada doesn’t face such discrimination and they enjoy high positions while at the same time keeping their Muslim identity intact.. Time to admit there’s something wrong with British society. It’s again going back to the vicious shackles of right wingers..

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  • bahadur khan
    Dec 1, 2014 - 3:41PM

    is Adnan Nawaz, Malin Saeed,, and other Pakistan origin BBC staff in London not a symbol of acceptance of muslims in managerial level.

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