In spite of equality in the workplace being a focus in the past decade it is perhaps surprising to hear that a recent report cites that half of all professionals feel that their chances of being selected for a job are limited by factors outside of their control such as race and religion.
In addition the same report states that 83% of those aged 55 and over felt that their selection chances would be restricted because of their age, with women feeling that their selection chances are more limited because of their gender!
How do we resolve this? Some organisations are moving to blind recruitment strategies, removing key information from the CV that can lead to bias in the process. Therefore basing any selection decisions on merit and ensuring that all candidates are fairly treated. However only 23% of organisations state that they use blind recruitment techniques.
52% of professionals believe they have a lower chance of getting hired if they identify as BAME, whilst a whopping 91% of respondents with black heritage and 81% with Asian heritage believe that their chances of selection for a job are significantly reduced by these factors. This is compared to only 18% of those with British heritage.