The government has commissioned new research into what steps employers have taken to remove barriers to workplace progression for ethnic minorities.

The research will be undertaken by Business in the Community (BITC) and will be used to assess progress made by employers following last year’s independent McGregor-Smith Review into black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) participation and progression in the workplace.

The review called on employers to publish aspirational targets, and a breakdown of their workforce by race and pay band, to increase diversity and inclusion throughout their workforce. This latest research will investigate measures employers have taken to prevent bullying and harassment of BAME staff in the workplace, and also whether companies report their ethnicity pay gap. It will be used to help establish whether any further action is needed to ensure workplaces are inclusive.