BLACK and Asian women are more likely to be out of work and have more problems finding a suitable job than white women, research out today found.
A study for the TUC revealed the unemployment rate among black women was 5.4% - almost twice that of white women.
Black and Asian women also had to settle more often for work which they were over- qualified to do, said the report.
Over half of Pakistani women and black Caribbean women aged 16 to 34 said they often found it difficult getting a job.
Half of Bangladeshi women said they often or sometimes struggled to find work, while only a third of white British women said finding work was sometimes a problem, the TUC said on the opening day of its annual Black Workers' Conference in Eastbourne.
The study also showed Bangladeshi, Pakistani and black Caribbean women were more likely to be asked by an employer if they had plans to get married and have children.
Black and Asian women were also more likely to be working in temporary jobs.
The TUC has called for more training opportunities for black and Asian women.