Ethnic minority women are now outearning white women because they are less likely to work part-time and rely on a partner’s income, a charity has said. White British women earn less on an hourly basis compared to white men than their Indian, black Caribbean and Chinese counterparts. This is partly because white British women are more likely to be in part-time work and relying on a male breadwinner, according to women’s rights charity the Fawcett Society. Figures show that white British women earn 19.1 per cent less every hour than white British men – a larger shortfall than all other groups apart from Pakistani or Bangladeshi and black African women. On average they earn £12.10 an hour – almost £3 less than white British men. Pakistani and Bangladeshi women earn just £11.04. Sam Smethers, chief executive of the charity, who compiled the figures, said that some ethnic minority groups had closed the gap with white women through better education and full-time work.”White British women tend to be less well-qualified than other ethnic groups. “Indian women, for example, have higher education and degrees, and are more likely to be going into professions. Over the past 25 years that has changed dramatically,” she said. White British women are more likely to be in part-time roles which are generally badly paid, she added.The 2011 census showed that Bangladeshi, Pakistani, white British and white gypsy or Irish traveller women were most likely to work part-time.Compared to white British men, Indian women earn on average 12 per cent less, Black Caribbean women earn 13.7 per cent less and Chinese women 3.2 per cent less. Only white Irish women do better, earning on average 11.5 per cent more. The report suggested that this was because the white Irish population tends to be older and therefore working in more senior, well-paid roles. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.