EFA says employers show unconscious favouritism
The research revealed that:
- 35% of respondents said they face discrimination when applying for a job or promotion
- 17% said that the reason for discrimination was due to age
- The most commonly shared characteristics were:
- Age (68%)
- Gender (62%)
- Social Background (53%)
According to the Chief Executive of the Employers Forum on Age (EFA), Denise Keating, “While age is the biggest discriminator in the workplace, it is important not to overlook other biases, such as favouritism or gender. There seems to be a very high instance of people being selected for a new job or promotion if their ‘face fits’, which unfortunately means some people feel that talent isn’t enough to overcome prejudices. While many companies have solid diversity policies, this may not run throughout the company down to individual team level, which is an issue that needs to be addressed.”
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