POSTED: July 26 2017
One in five UK professionals face discrimination in interviews

One in five UK professionals face discrimination in interviews

A recent study from independent job board, CV-Library, has found that one in five (22%) professionals in the UK have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (39.3%) it was because of their age.

The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals in the UK have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of workers (51.5%) don’t know their rights when it comes to interview discrimination and when asked why they experienced this prejudice, respondents cited the following:

  1. Because of my age – 39.3%
  2. Because of my race – 10%
  3. Because of my gender – 8.9%
  4. Because I have disabilities – 6.7%
  5. Because of the school/university I went to – 3.7%

Not only this, but the individuals that were most likely to feel discriminated against because of their age were those aged 55-64 and some workers admitted to experiencing discrimination because of their religion (3%) their sexuality (1.5%) and their relationship status (1.1%).

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:It’s concerning to see that interview discrimination is so rife in the UK, with one in five being affected. More worryingly, over half of candidates don’t know their rights should they be affected. If you experience prejudice during an interview, be sure to get in touch with the business and request comprehensive feedback as to their decision not to hire you. Alternatively, get in touch with your local Citizens Advice Bureau for more information.”

Furthermore, over two thirds (68%) believe that interview discrimination happens often and that the best way to solve this is with better training for interviewers (29.8%). Further suggestions include: more awareness of the issue (27.9%), following a set list of interview questions for all candidates (14.3%) and interviewers being given a list of questions they can’t ask (12.3%).

Biggins concludes: “It’s certainly worrying that so many people believe discrimination is a common occurrence during interviews. That said, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of this happening, and raising awareness around the situation is the first hurdle to tackle. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against it’s important to speak out – this is a subject that needs to be discussed so that we can begin to find a permanent solution!”

You can view the CV Library press release here.