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How to beat the hidden discrimination at the heart of the job hunt



McQuaid R (2015) How to beat the hidden discrimination at the heart of the job hunt. The Conversation. 01.12.2015.

First paragraph: When you send off a CV to a prospective employer, you will hope to get a fair hearing. You will hope that your skills, experience and qualifications decide the response, rather than the school you went to, your post code, or even your name. Instinctively, though, we know that this isn’t always the case. Prime Minister David Cameron already has zeroed in on the issue of how applications from people with non-Anglo-Saxon or Celtic names are treated: Do you know that in our country today: even if they have exactly the same qualifications, people with white-sounding names are nearly twice as likely to get call backs for jobs than people with ethnic-sounding names? The UK civil service, and many major employers, have agreed to introduce application forms without the applicant’s name, in order to reduce the potential for discrimination. But how much does theory and evidence back this up?

Religion; Discrimination; Gender; David Cameron; Human resources; Management; Jobs; Business strategy; Bias


Type of mediaOnline Article
Publication date online01/12/2015
PublisherThe Conversation Trust
Place of publicationLondon

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Professor Ronald McQuaid

Professor Ronald McQuaid

Emeritus Professor, Management, Work and Organisation