According to a detailed analysis of the 2011 census, Indians are the most successful ethnic minority group with 15.4 per cent found in class 1 of eight occupational groups, comprising higher managerial, administrative roles as well as professions like doctors and lawyers.
For black Africans and black Caribbean the proportion is 7.5 per cent and 6.2 per cent respectively, and for those of mixed race it is 10.3 per cent.
The study, to be officially released later this week to coincide with the launch of the Demos Integration Hub (DIH), also found almost half of Bangladeshi men worked in restaurants and a quarter of Pakistani-origin men were taxi drivers.
“Publishing this kind of data will puncture the delusion that if we simply leave it alone, don’t talk about it and let people get on with it, we will all come to love each other and Britain will become a big melting pot. Actually what the data shows is that if you neglect integration we end up with divided communities,” he said.