Muslims in Bradford and Dewsbury:

Strong in Education, Low in Employment

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Written by G Dabhad Tuition in Bradford.

Muslim men and women in Bradford and Dewsbury are more likely to be out of full-time employment yet a government research watchdog shows that strong work ethics and high resilience among Muslims students is resulting in impressive results in education.

Part Time working

A lower majority of Muslims were not in full time labour force due to having minority ethnics-sounding names and increasing Islamophobia. Thus, those in employment find they have to work four-times harder to be recognised by their bosses, painting a bleak picture of optimism for the youth.

Breaking Stereotypes

Stereotypes and Islamophobia are chipping away even when Muslims have strong work ethics in the labour market place. I am not saying Muslims in Bradford and Dewsbury are not without problems –gangs, drugs, and crime prevail – but successful adult Muslims should become a powerful presence in voluntary institutions, and public programs in order to pass on a legacy of strength, optimism, and community responsibility to young men in the next generation, some of whom are in careers in civil service, teaching, social work, health professions, the media, politics, and business.

North of England

Although there is a small component of government workers – more ethnic people own small businesses and have part time jobs. What is strikingly is the lowest employment rates for each ethnic group were in the North (North East, North West, and Yorkshire and the Humber). In Dewsbury and Bradford many Muslim men work in the most fragile sectors of the secondary labour market – driving taxis and private hire cars, worked in bed factories, restaurants, and work as cooks and teach in mosques. They are faced in an economy that offers them even lower wages and even lower working conditions of work than their fathers had experienced in the 1970’s. Their forebears were enticed to Dewsbury and Bradford as cheap labour for back-breaking jobs in the woollen mills which had made these towns renowned textile spots.

Drugs

Under these circumstances, for some the underground economy is the option, which is resulting in broken lives, and shattered families. This presents a strain on families, fathers, mothers, uncles and aunts and even grandparents. Police time and resources become stretched – so what should the government be doing?

Government Priorities

If government priorities and  racial hierarchies in the labour market are challenged through the media, there is no reason why Muslims cannot play a pivotal role in our economy as they have shown in education.

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Written by G Dabhad Tuition in Bradford.