Main findings

  • Of the 1,049 individuals in positions of power in the UK just 36 are BME, or 3.4% of the total.
  • In 2017 pathways to the very top jobs in the UK for Britain’s  black and minority ethnic communities are almost non-existent.
  • Women from BME backgrounds are even less likely to be represented, with just seven BME women on the list – less than 1% of the total.
  • Whilst class and privilege are key factors the wide spectrum of this report, for example; union leaders, football managers and local authority CEO’s, demonstrates just how much the race penalty plays a role in the exclusion of BME individuals at the very top.
  • Equally, the general gender penalty –for all women- compounded by race and class, ensures a heavy price for BME women.
  • The benefits of opening up pathways for talent for all communities in all areas of the UK are numerous: Britain PLC, greater sense of belonging, creative Britain, scientific Britain, sporting Britain, dynamic Britain.
  • If the political positions were taken out, the rate within the private and public sector would fall to around 2%.
  • The research also shows that the majority of those in positions of power are men: women account for less than a quarter of the names on our list (23.6%).
  • Political representation comes out best of all sectors: four leaders of London boroughs, one metropolitan leader, two mayors, three UK ministers, one Scottish and one Welsh minister.
  • Lamentable data for BME leadership in the categories of Chief constables, trade unions leaders and local government CEOs, all recording zero BME representation at the top.
  • Given that between 30-40% of premiership footballers are BME the fact that there is only 1 Black football manager in that league is particularly poor.