We know that when recruiting, a candidates’ age shouldn’t be something we’re taking into account, as it’s been illegal to age discriminate for the last decade. Some companies have also increased anonymity by removing candidate names from applications, to prevent potential racial and sex (gender) discrimination and to promote an unbiased recruitment process.
Now, some big companies such as Deloitte UK and the BBC are taking this one step further as part of their diversity strategies’ by also removing University details, asking for grades, but not place of study.
Whilst scholastic discrimination is not protected under Equality Law, educational snobbery has unfortunately become more commonplace. This potential unconscious bias has been compounded by the increasing visibility of university league tables and the ever more competitive graduate job market.
A move further towards what is termed as ‘blind’ recruitment is being embraced as a method of increasing the diversity of the workforce and attracting more talent. By reducing the amount of irrelevant information on job applications, recruiters can focus on which applicant’s skills, knowledge and experience make them the best candidate for the job.