What's in a name?

11 November 2015

Organisations in the UK are signing up to an idea aimed at reducing unconscious bias towards or against certain candidates during the recruitment process.

Organisations in the UK are signing up to an idea aimed at reducing unconscious bias towards or against certain candidates.

‘Name-blind’ recruitment processes and ‘school/university- blind’ interviews are being undertaken in an effort to create a more level playing field for candidates. According to the Government, organisations from across the public and private sector have pledged to operate in this way to address discrimination.

It follows a speech in which David Cameron cited research on the significance of names in the recruitment process. He’s reported to have said that people with ‘white-sounding’ names are almost twice as likely to get job call-backs as people with ‘ethnic-sounding’ names.


News
Request a callback