‘Education, not race, determines employment’

2012-09-19 13:49

Educational achievement is a more important indicator of why people are employed rather than race, the SA Institute of Race Relations has said.

“The proportion of people by race in professional positions closely mirrors the proportion of people by race with professional qualifications,” said research manager Lucy Holborn in a statement today.

The data challenged the view that South African employers were resisting racial transformation in the workplace.

According to the data, there were about 41% of black people with degrees and there were 36% of blacks in professional positions.

There were 45% of white people with degrees or higher qualifications and there were 42% of them in professional positions.

“While a degree of racial prejudice exists in all societies, the data suggests that educational achievement will determine the pace of future employment equity progress in South Africa,” she said.

The institute sourced information from Statistics SA and the Commission for Employment Equity.

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