ITV News reporter Nina Nannar:
Muslims face the highest unemployment levels of all religious and ethnic groups in the UK and more must be done to tackle this inequality, MPs have said.
While the average unemployment figure for the country is 5.4%, the figure rises to 12.8% among Muslims, a new report by the Women and Equalities Committee has found.
The report calls on ministers to introduce a cross-Government strategy by the end of the year which is focused on helping specific groups, including Muslims, to run alongside a commitment to tackle disadvantages faced by black and minority ethnic (BME) people.
The report further argues that the Government must directly address discrimination in the workplace and do more to support people into work.
Also highlighted is the need for the Government to work to rebuild trust with Muslim communities after concerns were raised during the committee's inquiry about integration programmes being linked to counter-extremism.
The report recommends that these trust-building programmes should not be conducted through the lens of counter-extremism, but should instead focus on how they can improve the life-chances of those taking part.
The report also places an emphasis on the employment discrimination faced by some Muslim women.
The report calls on the Government to introduce a role models and mentoring programme specifically aimed at Muslim women to increase equality and to help them realise their potential.
Other recommendations include calling for increased awareness among employers of what constitutes illegal discrimination, urging universities to introduce a dedicated careers advice service for BME students to include the use of role models and mentors, and that Jobcentre Plus staff must be trained to understand the issues faced by Muslim people.
It continues that in areas where there are high levels of Muslim unemployment there should be tailored support schemes put in place and employers should pay close attention to the impact of discrimination and the fear of discrimination in the workplace for Muslim women who wear cultural or religious dress.