Black and minority ethic (BME) health and care colleagues suffer a 28.7% gap because of their lack of representation in senior roles, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has found.
The first ever Workforce Race Quality Standard (WRES) submission and ethnicity pay gap report also found that just 5.2% of BME colleagues thought they had equal access to career opportunities and progression compared with 42.6% of white colleagues.
There was a slight decrease in the mean gender pay gap, however, from 3.9% to 3.4%, which is well below the UK gender pay gap of 15.2%.
The report also suggested a positive disability pay gap of 2.6%, although only 4% of colleagues have declared a disability compared with 18.9% nationally, suggesting underreporting could be an issue.
Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar for the NMC, said: “These reports hold some uncomfortable truths and I am particularly alarmed by the lack of confidence black and minority ethnic colleagues have shown in their equal access to career opportunities/progression. The ethnicity pay gap report shows why – we simply do not have enough diversity in our senior roles.
“We’ve made some progress already but there’s still a long road ahead of us. Everyone deserves to feel safe, valued and fairly rewarded at work no matter who they are. We’re working hard, together, to make this a reality at the NMC.”