Occupational segregation – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

Limited progress

There have been legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections but very limited evidence of sustained improvements in the enjoyment of human rights on this issue

The UK Government has introduced some measures to increase the employment of certain protected characteristic groups, including in specific sectors, and the gender pay gap regulations have raised awareness and understanding of pay gaps. However, there has so far been limited impact on addressing occupational segregation. Women, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are still over-represented in low-paid, part-time or insecure roles. Young people and men from certain ethnic minorities were more likely to work in shutdown sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the UK Government’s actions on occupational segregation.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 12/07/2021