In UK, Indians earn almost as much as white Britons

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 08 Aug 2017, 20:05:07

In UK, Indians earn almost as much as white Britons

LONDON, Aug 8 (The Hindu): Britain’s Indian community by and large has avoided the “worryingly large” income gap experienced by other ethnic minority groups in the country, which continues to persist despite recent gains, a report published on Monday suggests.

The report by the Resolution Foundation, which examined typical household incomes by ethnicity found “significant differences,” with white communities (either British, or from beyond) earning over 30 per cent more than those of other ethnic groups.

However, within Britain’s black and minority ethnic (BME) community, Indians are the best paid, followed by Britain’s Chinese community, based on data collected over the last three years.

While the median household income of white Britons stood at between £25,600 and £27,000, the median for the Indian community stood at around £25,300.

This is not the case for many of Britain’s other large ethnic groups with British Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, and Black African earning 35 per cent, 34 per cent and 22 per cent respectively less than the white British median.

“After taking housing costs into account the disposable income gap between typical white British households and Bangladeshi households increase to £9,800 (44 per cent),” the report notes.

While the gap had begun to narrow within the Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities, the report notes the gap remains “worryingly large.”

The report warns that with some £14 billion of imminent welfare cuts the situation was likely to worsen for some communities.

The report also noted sharp differences between patterns of home ownership and employment rates.
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