Muslims face job discrimination

The Independent is reporting what many Muslims already know.

Muslim men were up to 76 per cent less likely to have a job of any kind compared to white, male British Christians of the same age and with the same qualifications. And Muslim women were up to 65 per cent less likely to be employed than white Christian counterparts.

Muslims were the most disadvantaged in terms of employment prospects out of 14 ethno-religious groupings in the UK, researchers Dr Nabil Khattab and Professor Ron Johnston found using data from the Office for National Statistics’ Labour Force Survey of more than half a million people. Skin colour made little difference to the figures.

Dr Nabil Khattab, of Bristol University, said the situation was “likely to stem from placing Muslims collectively at the lowest stratum within the country’s racial or ethno-cultural system due to growing Islamophobia and hostility against them.

The Office of National Statistics has previously reported that 33% of Muslim men leave school in the UK with no qualifications at all. This is despite the fact that the Holy Quran makes the importance of education clear but the alarming thing about this report is that it looks at people with like-for-like qualifications.

I once went to a job interview with a drinks manufacturer and near the end of the interview I was asked to confirm whether I was Muslim or not. On saying yes the interviewer told me that the office had a fun, ‘jokey’ and open minded atmosphere and that he was worried that as a Muslim I would potentially ruin that with my Islamic beliefs.

Was I shocked? Yes, I was stunned into silence and I genuinely think that the interviewer had no idea that what he had said was both grossly offensive and against the law.[1] But whilst Muslims keep churning out uneducated children and society is fed a steady diet of anti-Islamic reporting from the media what can we expect?


[1] If my religion was the reason he would not have offered me the job.

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