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Why 'name discrimination' could be costing your candidates jobs

British employers are regularly discriminating against candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds – with the applicants’ names often being the cause for recruiters to dismiss them.

Researchers at Nuffield College's Centre for Social Investigation (CSI) applied to nearly 3200 jobs, randomly varying the minority background of fictitious job applicants while holding their skills, qualifications and work experience constant. All of the fake candidates were British citizens, or had moved to the UK by the age of six.

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Comments (1)

  • My posts never get t
    My posts never get t
    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 5:13pm GMT
    Is the problem 'recruiters' do you think? As you state, or perhaps it goes wider/deeper, or more likely the hiring manager? In my experience (as a recruiter), most recruiters want to ensure they have the best chance possible of making a hire (and making money!) - and as such they will put forward every potentially matching candidate that they can; there's very little that can be done to prevent the biases of the hiring managers from im[pacting the numbers who receive a request for interview, after this stage.

    it's a small point, but I don't feel that the recruiter is the right target here, it's the companies themselves. (yes, some recruiters may also be biased, as we all have the potential to be, however, lets lay the blame more squarely with the actual decision makers no?).

    *hopes your terrible team of editors allows this message tough, but doubts it*

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