Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people in Britain are almost twice as likely to be jobless than white people, new government research suggests.

The initial findings from the Race Disparity Audit, a review into the way people from BAME communities are treated in Britain, reveals that the unemployment rate for ethnic minorities of working age is 8%, compare to 4.6% for white Britons.

The study also found that BAME people are less likely to own their homes, and that nine out of 10 head teachers is white, although it also found that white state-educated pupils had the lowest university entrance rate last year.

The full audit, which contains data on the experiences of people from different backgrounds in schools, university, the courts and other government-funded bodies, is due to be published next Tuesday.

According to reports, the government is planning to expand some mentoring and apprenticeship schemes for BAME young people in “hot-spots”.

Commenting on the findings, prime minister Theresa May said: “Britain has come a long way in my lifetime in spreading equality and opportunity, but this audit will be definitive evidence of how far we must still go.”