Religion and ethnicity in the labour market - exploratory analysis

Frances Forsyth and Ben Bradford, Office for National Statistics

[Project number 20078]

The 'ethnic penalty' in the labour market is now well known (Heath and McMahon, 1997; Cheung and Heath, 2004, forthcoming). It is not clear whether religion is also a contributory factor, either in its own right or in combination with ethnicity. The study will model the employment status of different ethnic/religious groups, controlling for age, sex, country of birth, highest qualification and various other factors, in order to determine whether a religious penalty is evident and its nature. Models similar to those developed by Cheung and Heath in their exploration of the ethnic penalty (2004) will be adapted for religion.