There are “worryingly high levels of concern” about the impact of racism in hospitality workplaces, according to the second edition of the Inside Hospitality report.

More than third of black (37%) and mixed ethnicity (39%) respondents to its latest survey had experienced or witnessed racism in their current place of work, with 28% of Asian workers reporting the same.

The report, launched by Be Inclusive Hospitality, also found that of those respondents that had witnessed or experienced racism, only 23% of Asian, 16% black and 12% of mixed respondents have been offered any form of wellbeing support, including mental health support.

While 38% of Asian senior leaders and 39% of black senior leaders said they felt very well or well supported in their roles, compared to two-thirds (65%) of white senior leaders.

Black respondents (43%) were most likely to report that they believed their ethnicity had hindered career progression, in contrast to only 7% of white respondents.

Lorraine Copes, founder of Be Inclusive Hospitality, commented: “The time is now for the hospitality industry to stop and consider if it wants to be a sector where all employees and businesses can develop and build successful futures.

“Sadly, the findings confirm what I have observed over the past 20 years, which is there are barriers for progression for black, Asian and ethnic minorities to move upwards, and sector leaders should act now to remove them”

Be Inclusive Hospitality is hoping that the report will act as an industry source, building up a comprehensive picture of the current status quo with regards to equity, diversity and inclusion in the sector.