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Survey reveals job favouritism fears


30 March 2011

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A third of employees think they have faced discrimination when applying for a job due to their age or favouritism towards other candidates in the same firm, research has revealed.

Workers in the north of England were the most likely to suffer from favouritism, or other candidates better fitting a company’s ‘personality’, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by the Employers Forum on Age.

Chief Executive, Denise Keating, said: “Whilst age is the biggest discriminator in the workplace, it is important not to overlook other biases, such as favouritism or gender.

A third of employees think they have faced discrimination when applying for a job due to their age or favouritism towards other candidates in the same firm, research has revealed.

Workers in the north of England were the most likely to suffer from favouritism, or other candidates better fitting a company’s ‘personality’, according to a survey of 2,000 adults by the Employers Forum on Age.

Chief Executive, Denise Keating, said: “Whilst 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.

“Whilst 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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