Minorities in the Workforce By antonio vasquez

Throughout many jobs, minorities are faced with obstacles that many others may never face.Once the statistics are considered it is seen that there are many varying items when comparing minorities with their majority counterparts. It was determined that on average it was more likely for a majority individual to be given an interview over a minority. This being of the candidates that were qualified, twenty percent of white candidates were interviewed compared to just twelve percent of minority candidates. This immediately hinders individuals from becoming members of the workforce. By not having even the opportunity to be interviewed presents a set back for an individual.

Now what occurs once a minority has made it through the interview process and has gotten the job? Once in the workforce primarily minorities are given lower level positions. From these positions advancement is possible but statistically minorities are less likely to be promoted and work in higher level professions. Derived from this data minorities will be working primarily in lower level positions and have a much lower rate of advancement. This lack of advancement has led to wage gaps when comparing minorities and the majority populace. While working in a lower level positon would cause a lower income than those of higher positions, data was gathered and provided that even when at the same level of a profession, minorities were earning a much smaller percentage. A study that was conducted within the profession of computer science showed that Asian women in the computer science field were earning just ninety one percent of their male counterparts. This is at the same level within the profession and yet one still made more than the other. These are not statistical anomalies as these gaps are apparent throughout multiple professions.

When raising the question of if minorities face disadvantages within the workforce the answer is yes they do. Primarily working lower level professions due to lack of opportunity, minorities even when qualified are less likely to earn a higher-level position and are rarely given openings to move up and even once this is achieved statistically minorities will often earn far less than their majority counterparts. No matter the position of the minority within the workforce it is apparent that they will be impacted by some hindrance within their careers whether it be statistically lower incomes or lack of advancement even when qualified. This is where a change must be made. The simplest way it seems is to focus on the skills of the individuals. We must see past race and ethnicity and focus on the qualifications. Once companies focus on the performance of the individual not only will it allow for a more diverse workforce but a more efficient workforce as well. Companies will now have the top of their fields rather than simply people of common ground.

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http://genderandset.open.ac.uk/index.php/genderandset/article/view/86/121

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