BIS has launched a consultation to better understand the obstacles black and minority ethnic (BME) people face in the labour market.

The government has tasked Baroness McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive of Mitie, to undertake a review. As well as considering information from a call for evidence, she will host a roundtable event with some of the country's largest private sector employers. The government is also encouraging voluntary and community organisations to take part in the review.

The DWP already publishes statistics on numbers of people from BME backgrounds currently in work. However, the material gathered for this review will go much further in identifying the extent of the problem from the recruitment stage up to executive level. The review findings intend to highlight best practice from across public and private sectors.

The call for evidence will close on 22 August 2016. Baroness McGregor-Smith's findings are expected later this year.