This years employment brief has been released and will likely be a focus as I’m able to find time over the coming days to review it.
The Royal Gazette has already jumped on the earnings gap between black and white workers by opening their coverage with “The average salary of white workers is 40 percent higher than blacks, according to a recent employment survey.” This reflects poor reporting because the implications of the differences in racial demographics of Bermudians vs. Non-Bermudians are not made clear. Thus Bermudians could potentially be falsely led to believe that the racial earnings gap is a lot larger than it is when the sheer percentage of white non-Bermudians who are brought to the island massively tip the scale. The Royal Gazette can do better than this.
It is also a failure on the part of the employment brief (just as we highlighted with past Cure Reporting) to not identify racial earnings based upon Bermudians vs. Non-Bermudians. The reason being that the majority of Bermudians are black while the majority of non-Bermudians are white and yet the level and type of jobs held by Bermudians vs. non-Bermudians, especially by race, are quite different. This is also the reason why Bermudians median income lies at $51,976 while non-Bermudian median income lies at $65,316. Let us also note that this is median and not average which means the person in the middle of the group not the average salary taking the total and dividing by all members. In the case of average salary the numbers would likely be even more skewed.
To get a better idea lets look at some hard numbers by taking a look at data available from the Annual Review of the Workforce Survey Report 2006 (used for comparison, it’s the latest one I have on hand and no others are online yet) and take a look at Gross Annual Income by Race and Bermudian Status, 2006.
Note that the sheer number of Black Bermudians skew the chart and outpace anything else in the lower 3 categories of pay ranges from less than $23,999 to $60,000 – $95,000.
Let’s again look at this in % comparison
Note how white non-Bermudians dominate the upper pay ranges while Black Bermudians dominate the lower pay ranges.
To make things clearer let us first compare Bermudians and then compare non-Bermudians alone.
So here we have Gross Annual Income By Race for Bermudians only. This is where we need to focus our attention on discrepancies of where the percentage distribution does not match general demographics. We cannot expect Bermudians to measure up equally against the best and brightest of the rest of the world and thus the fairest comparison is to compare Bermudians to Bermudians.
Now let’s look at non-Bermudians
Note how much white non-Bermudians skew the upper portions of the pay scale. How can we honestly simply compare black and white when not taking Bermudian/non-Bermudian into consideration?
For those wondering why the earnings gap exists between the races we covered that back in November 2007. As we concluded the earnings gap between the races statistically (there is still the potential for racism to be a factor as to why people holding the same qualifications make different amounts of money, though those kind of stats are not available to my knowledge) comes down to profession which subsequently comes down to education.