The Pay and Progression of Women of Colour

Fawcett is working in partnership with the Runnymede Trust to deliver a project exploring the pay and progression of Women of Colour. 

Building on the Government’s Race Disparity Unit’s work and the independent McGregor-Smith Review, we are exploring in depth ways to unlock the potential of women of colour at work, by understanding the inequalities and intersecting barriers they experience, and the solutions they think would help to overcome them. 

The project aims to gather a clear picture of the points at which intersecting gender and ethnicity differences in pay and progression begin to set in, for different groups of women. 

We are exploring what intersecting or multiple forms of discrimination and disadvantage mean in terms of lived experience for women of colour; developing a more detailed understanding of how they manifest in the workplace; and learning how women from different ethnic backgrounds think they can be tackled. 

We will do this through: 

  • Focus groups with women of colour from different ethnic minority backgrounds in the early and mid-stages of their career 
  • In depth interviews with women of colour in senior leadership positions  
  • A large survey and regional consultation events to engage a wider group of women 

Pay and Progression Advisory Group:

You can find out more about Advisory Group here.

The Pay and Progression of Women of Colour - Literature Review 

In August 2021, we published our Pay and Progression of Women of Colour Literature Review that for the first time, brought into focus vast research and evidence into the multitude of barriers women of colour  face in the workplace.

The report highlights that whilst women of colour are severely underrepresented in management and senior leadership positions, the structural oppressions and systemic disadvantages leading to their underrepresentation, begins well before they even enter the workplace.

You can read the Pay and Progression of Women of Colour Literature Review here

Pay and Progression of Women of Colour - research 

In May 2022, we will be launching the Pay and Progression of Women of Colour research report that brings into focus the voices and experiences of women of colour in the workplace.

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