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New research has revealed that ethnic minority discrimination in the workplace is still prevalent, with 61% of people saying they’ve experienced this within the tech sector.

The research-driven business toolkit, backed by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT), was unveiled by Colorintech last month with the intention of increasing opportunities for a more diverse workforce within the tech sector.

The research project, which surveyed and interviewed hundreds of mid-senior tech professionals on their views about discrimination, working conditions and scales of pay, is calling on employers to implement a number of changes which would benefit minority ethnic workers.

The changes include:

  • Providing greater pay transparency through salary banding
  • Tackling racial prejudice and poor behaviour in the workplace
  • Encouraging supportive relationships with line managers.

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Colorintech co-founder Ashleigh Ainsley, said, “This is a truly groundbreaking moment where we’re able to present the first research of its kind, commissioned by the DSIT, that looks into how to enable better pathways for ethnic minorities in tech.

“Creating a more diverse and inclusive tech workforce starts with recognising and addressing the barriers that prevent ethnic minorities from entering and thriving in the industry.

“Importantly, we need to equip corporations to do so with actionable recommendations. It’s not just about ticking boxes for diversity – it’s about unlocking the untapped potential and talent that exists in every town and city.”

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