Only 6 per cent of senior managers in the top 50 charities are non-white, research by Third Sector has shown.
A survey of the 50 largest fundraising charities in the UK by Third Sector also showed that 8 per cent of trustees were non-white. Only six of the 50 chief executives were non-white.
The 2011 census showed that 14 per cent of the UK population was non-white, although this was far higher in some cities – in London, for example, the figure was 40 per cent.
Sanjiv Lingayah, a freelance researcher who recently completed a PhD on the influence of black and multi-ethnic social sector organisations on race equality, said: "The data in this study and the wider data on race, gender and other forms of inequality show that BME people still face an unemployment and pay gap – and unequal treatment – even in the voluntary sector."
The research also found that 70 per cent of chief executives and 64 per cent of trustees among the top 50 charities were male. The gender balance was slightly more equal among the charities’ senior management teams, where 56 per cent were male.
The charities were asked to provide information on disability, but only 10 of the 50 charities did so. Among those charities, 3 per cent of a total of 69 senior management team members and 17 per cent of 143 trustees had disabilities.
Third Sector, using data from the Charities Aid Foundation’s Charity Trends database, asked the top 50 charities by fundraising income to each provide a breakdown by ethnicity, gender and disability of their chief executives, senior management teams and boards of trustees.
In cases where a charity did not supply a full ethnic breakdown, Third Sector made its own assessment, based on names and other published information.
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