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Blind job applications – the way forward?

APPLYING HIMSELF: A young man fills out a job application (PA)

MORE THAN 80 per cent of Voice Online readers think that blind job applications are a good idea to tackle the issue of discrimination in the work place.

Following an article in last week’s paper, our readers were asked if they thought nameless job applications and CVs would be beneficial for ethnic minority groups, and 83 per cent of those who took part in the online poll said "yes".

In last week’s article, it was found that British Africans and other ethnic minority groups are better qualified than their white British peers but on the whole, are still facing poor employment rates.

Two politicians who believe that blind job applications could tackle unemployment rates and the issue of discrimination are London Assembly member, Jennette Arnold and Labour MP Diane Abbott.

Arnold told The Voice that nameless CVs would be a useful option until society becomes “more fair”.

She said: “It is so sad that we find ourselves in a situation where some recruiters will use a person’s name as a means of judging their suitability for a job, but it is not surprising and is merely a symptom of a much wider and deeper racism that cuts through many parts of our society.”

Abbott also shared the same view as Arnold, and she told The Voice: “There is also anecdotal evidence that nameless CVs prevent discrimination.

"In the US a number of companies have adopted this practice and have found that more black applicants are making it through to interview stage and consequently into employment.”

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