Muslim women face discrimination say MPs

, 10:49 PM IST

London: Muslim people face the highest level of unemployment of all religious and ethnic groups at 12.8% compared to 5.4% for the general population.

The women wearing headscarves at workplace are being side-lined and have a graduate level job than White Christian women with the same qualifications. There is an enlarged pay gap and racial profiling in job applications.

The House of Commons’ Women and Equalities Committee said Muslim women are the most disadvantaged group in British society and a new government plan was required to tackle the inequalities before the end of the year.

The government said it was committed to making “work for everyone”.

Progress has been made, with 45% more Muslim women in work than in 2011, but ministers “know there is much more to do”, a government spokesman added.

According to (ONS) Office for National Statistics figures for 2015, 35% of Muslim women were in employment. That compares to 69% of all British working-age women in employment and 58% of Muslim women were economically inactive. This compares to 27% of all working- age women in the UK.

The reports said Muslim women are the least economically successful group in British society.

The government spokesman said. ”We are making progress – for example, there are now 45% more Muslim women in work than in 2011 – but we know there is much more to do”.

”We will look carefully at the recommendations and respond in due course.”