11 November 2015

What's in a name?

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.

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