There has been a reduction in discrimination, bullying and harassment in the workplace reported by people of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds, according to the latest NMC Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) survey for 2022.
While the reduction is good news, and reporting of harassment by people from outside the NMC has also reduced, incidents are still three times higher than reports by white people. The NMC also noted the response rate to its WRES survey was 34.9%, a decrease compared with 2021, which secured 48.7%.
Chief executive and registrar for the NMC Andrea Sutcliffe CBE said: ‘It’s positive that BME colleagues’ perceptions of equal career progression at the NMC has improved. But we know we still have some way to go, as our previously published ethnicity pay gap data shows.’
The survey also showed a slight decrease in BME representation across the NMC, reducing by 1.1% in 2022 compared with 2021, while the likelihood of candidates being appointed increased; in 2022, White candidates were 1.24 times more likely to be appointed from shortlisting, compared to 1.62 times more likely in 2021.
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