Black Solicitors Network’s response to the Government’s Ethnicity Pay Reporting consultation: January 2019

“BSN welcomes the introduction of ethnicity pay reporting. Despite race discrimination legislation in the field of employment being in place for over 40 years it, broadly, remains the case that those from ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely to work in low skilled, low paid jobs. Further, within a legal services sector, whilst there has been significant improvements in representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) at a junior level: in 2016 they made up 22.7% of trainees and 13.7% of associates, this percentage significantly falls so only 8.9% of partners are BAME. Accordingly, there is still much work to do…..(Read the full response here)”