Make-up of the profession by ethnicity
Tracking the changing make-up of the profession is an important task, and it reveals that change tends to come about slowly. But clearly the trend lines are moving in the right direction. Last year, the survey revealed that BAME professionals made up 12 per cent of the workforce, with 86 per cent identifying as white. That figure has now shifted to 15 per cent identifying as BAME.
Looking more closely at the BAME figures shows that little of the overall demographic has changed in any marked way. Asian/Asian British representation has increased slightly from five per cent to eight per cent, while those identifying as Black/African/Caribbean/Black British have slightly increased from three per cent to four per cent.
And while BAME professionals are increasing in number, their average salary level is slightly lower than the overall average (£45,000 vs £47,500) and falls below the average for white professionals by a larger margin (£45,000 vs £52,500).
Certain figures reveal some positive trends, such as an encouraging level of new entrants from BAME groups. More than one in five (23 per cent) of project professionals from a BAME background are new to the profession (against an overall average of 14 per cent),and 27 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds are from a BAME background. BAME professionals are more likely to work in either central or local government, tracking above average in both sectors.