When we last left off, we’d examined in greater depth the hard numbers for how well represented blacks are in the various levels of the workforce when compared to Bermudian demographics. In order to gain a better understanding of the causes of such disparities, lets examine levels of educational achievement and their likely impacts on advancement.
Here once again is the percentage breakdown of levels of employment by race from the Annual Review of the Workforce Survey (ARWS) Report of 2006.
Now, by comparison, lets look at the level of education achieved by Bermudians aged 16 and older by race.
Note how the degree category has a much larger representation from whites than any other category, 41% of degree holders were white to be more exact.
Now lets look at the hard numbers of the level of education achieved by Bermudians over 16 years of age broken down by race.
Here we can again note how a disproportionate number of whites that whites dominate the upper level of of the education spectrum.
Now, here’s the most telling detail of this analysis. For all levels of employment above professional and even a large proportion of professional jobs, it is very likely that a degree is a requirement. So, if whites dominate in terms of level of education, is it really all that surprising that whites dominate in terms of higher levels of employment?
Thus, this brings us to the question of how much of a difference education does make as a factor of advancement in the workforce? Further, how does the type of degree and level of further education impact advancement? How about the institution from which the degree was acquired? These are all considerations that should be factored into any further analysis into the causes of racial disparities in our workforce. Unfortunately, the statistics to answer such questions may not be available, though they should be if we’re to give a fair review of the causes for racial disparity in our workforce.