A recent survey shows that 7 out of 10 Muslims in the United Kingdom experience Islamophobia in the workplace.
Released last week, the survey conducted by Savanta ComRes and later commissioned by Hyphen, gives us a deeper insight into how Muslims in the UK feel about the workplace, and more importantly, if they still facing prejudice or discrimination in their respective environments.
The extensive survey involved 1,503 British Muslims who were interviewed between April 22nd and May 10th, and the results showed that Islamophobic experiences ranged from interactions with customers, clients, and other people (44 percent), during work-related social events (42 percent), and when seeking promotions (40 percent).
But after delving deeper into the insights, it was also obvious that even within the Muslim community, there were disparities between minority groups. According to the statistics, black Muslims faced more Islamophobia than any other Muslim group, especially during recruitment processes. While 37% of other Muslims faced discrimination during job searches and interviews, the number increased to 58% for black Muslims.
The results also showed that due to the rise in Islamophobic sentiment, more Muslims felt uncomfortable during work-related events (42%) while 40% added that this also stunted them when it came to professional growth and promotions.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom as a massive portion of Muslims believed that their lives had gotten better in the UK over the past 5 years – 68% said that the participation of the community overall had increased in the country.
All in all though, helping to bridge that gap between Muslims and their non-Muslims should be an essential part of moving towards equality in the workplace. If you want to read more on how we can do that, check out this article about how to help accommodate Muslims better.