‘You have to fit in to enter this world’: racial inequality in research | Opinion
In 2020, only 9% of ethnic minority people in our sector believed that everyone had the same opportunities regardless of race/ethnicity (MRS). This comes as no surprise when in 2019, of those earning £80,000 or more, 86% were white British and only 4% identified themselves as ‘BAME’ (Lightspeed).Setting up the diversity and inclusion committee at Basis, we wanted to find out what was going on behind those numbers. We ran 20 depth interviews with people of colour across the industry – at Basis and other agencies, at varying levels of seniority, across consumer and social research. We recruited participants via snowballing and LinkedIn.Through these interviews, it became clear that our industry must acknowledge the problem in the first place: that the inequality and discrimination in wider society is present and insidious in our workplaces.
Diversity in the MR sector.