Finding jobs ‘not easy’ for Muslim graduates

Muslim students are finding it harder to break into the job market than other graduates, government figures revealed today.

The minister for employment, Margaret Hodge, revealed that 76% of Muslim graduates of a working age are in jobs compared with 87% among all graduates.

Ms Hodge, who chairs the cross-government ethnic minority employment taskforce, told a seminar in London today: “Ensuring everybody has equal access to work is not just morally right – it’s good for business and the economy because it means we are making the most of our talents.”

She added: “But these figures show that some employers are missing out and too many graduates from ethnic minority communities are being left behind.”

Guardian, 19 July 2005