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Black and minority workers face £3.2bn 'pay penalty'

Black and minority workers face £3.2bn 'pay penalty'

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Britain's 1.9 million black and ethnic minority workers face a £3.2bn "pay penalty" compared to white workers doing the same types of jobs, according to new analysis by a think-tank. The report from the Resolution Foundation found that pay differences persisted even when accounting for factors such as employees' occupations, contract types and qualifications.It called for the government to make large firms report on black and minority ethnic (BAME) pay gaps as they already require for gender differences - a policy which is already being consulted on.The study found that having a degree does not close the gap, with the worst pay penalty for all categories of workers faced by black male graduates, who on average earn £3.90 an hour, or 17%, less compared to their wh...
Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

Online sellers 'pay for positive reviews'

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Some online sellers are offering people free goods in return for positive product reviews, an investigation by consumer group Which? has found.Its investigator joined several "rewards for reviews" groups and was hired to write high-rated reviews in return for free items.Paid-for, or fake, reviews flout rules set by platforms such as Amazon and Facebook.A similar investigation by BBC 5 live uncovered the trade in false reviews.Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold onlineThe Which? investigator found five sellers who gave instructions to order an item through Amazon, write a review and share the link, with the promise of a refund.The investigator gave an honest review of the items, but in three out of five cases was not refunded because the reviews w...