Ireland’s population has diversified over the past decade. Just 82% of the population identifies as white Irish in the 2016 Census, compared to 94% in 2011.
This shift to multiculturalism is not necessarily reflected equally in employment statistics. While 15% of the workforce in Ireland identifies as being of migrant descent, the upper tiers of management in the public and private sectors remain predominantly white Irish.
In 2018, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) reported that black non-Irish people are five times more likely than white Irish people to experience discrimination when seeking employment. And when it comes to racist incidents in the workplace, Ireland ranked last year as one of the worst Europe-wide with a rate of 33%, compared to an EU average of 22%.
Discrimination also plays a significant role in the employment gap between the Traveller and Roma communities and the general population, with the ESRI finding in 2017 that discrimination and prejudice are likely a significant factor in labour market barriers for the minority groups.
How deep do the tentacles of racism go in Irish workplaces and company recruitment processes? And are the State’s mechanisms and institutions combating, ignoring, or contributing to such practices?
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We want to spotlight the experiences of people who have suffered incidents of racism in the labour force; in job applications or interviews, on the job, in the area of promotion, progression or training in the workplace. Please be assured of our confidentiality when you contact us at [email protected]
Our investigation will look at what the State has achieved or failed to do in tackling racial hate and discrimination and sift through government documents, to be acquired through Freedom of Information, to track what has happened to legislation in the area.
When this proposal is funded, we will be commissioning journalistic work and research from a person of colour or ethnic minority in Ireland to discover how employers here are conducting their recruitment processes.
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