New research reveals for the first time the full size of the income gap for women, and men from ethnic minority groups.

Women, and men from ethnic minority groups, would have extra incomes totalling an extra £127 billion a year, or £9,300 per person, if their incomes matched those of White British men

New research undertaken by the International Inequalities Institute and Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics, in collaboration with diversity campaigner June Sarpong, has for the first time revealed the full extent of the income gap between white British men and those from other ethnic backgrounds, and women from all ethnic backgrounds.

When analysed on a per capita basis, the figures reveal an even starker picture of inequality between ethnic groups in the UK: Bangladeshi men and women face the biggest income gap – the average Bangladeshi man has an income £207 less per week/£10,800 per year than the average White British man, while the average Bangladeshi woman gets £265 less per week/£13,800 less per year than the average White British man.

Commenting, June Sarpong, who commissioned the research to support her campaign to encourage greater diversity in the workplace, said: “Unless you are a white British man, working in the UK today means you lose out.

“These figures demonstrate the urgent need for clear policy from government and business to urgently close the income gap. Promoting diversity and tackling income inequality will be good for everyone in society.”