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Equality and Diversity Facts and Figures

By 2010 only 20% of the working population will be white, male and below age 45 (1)

74% of people interviewed in a recent poll think most discrimination occurs at work (2)

19% of those interviewed had been discriminated against at work (2)

49% of those interviewed said age was the most common reason for discrimination at work (2)

48% said long-term health problem, impairment or disability was the most common reason for discrimination at work (2)

75% of employees expect to work beyond retirement age (3)

1,000,000 people over retirement age are currently working, this is expected to rise to over 3,000,000 by 2017 (3)

By the year 2020 nearly 40% of the population will be over 50 (4)

By the year 2020 58% of people over 50 will have a long-term health problem (4)

People over 50 own 80% of United Kingdom (UK) private wealth, have over 175 billion of disposable income and are responsible for over 40% of consumer demand (4)

20% of the workforce, 6.9 million people, have some form of disability or impairment (5)

Only 17% of people with a disability are born with their impairment, the majority acquire their impairment during their working life (5)

18% of men are likely to reach Senior Management or Board positions, but only 11% of women are likely to reach this level (6)

By 2011 80% of 2 million new jobs will be filled by women (7)

The average hourly rate earned by women is still only 87.4% that of men (8)

7.7% of the active workforce are from ethnic minority communities (9)

White graduates are three times more likely to be offered a position by a top UK company - But - only 18% of 18 year old white students are working towards a qualification, as opposed to 32% of Black Caribbean and 44% of Black African students (10)

Facts and Figures - source

1. National Population Projections, Government Actuaries Department, 2004
2. Survey conducted by GfkNOP for Equality and Human Rights Commission 12-28 September 2007, 1087 adults
3. AON Consulting, 2007
4. National Population Projections 2004, Government Actuary's Department, 2004
5. Labour Force Survey, National Statistics Office, June 2005
6. Women and Equality Unit, June 2005
7. The 2011 Census, Office for National Statistics, May 2005
8. What is the pay gap..., 2006, Women and Equality Unit, January 2007
9. UK Annual Population Survey, 2004-2005
10. DFES, 2002, Commission for Racial Equality, 2004

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