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Engineering professionals experiencing discrimination in interviews

24 July 2017

A study from CV-Library, an independent job board, has found that one in four (23.9%) professionals in the engineering sector have experienced discrimination during an interview, and for the majority (35.3%) it was because of their age. 

The survey of 1,200 workers, sought to reveal how many professionals have been affected by interview discrimination, and the reasons for this. The data found that over half of engineers (52.8%) don’t know their rights when it comes to interview discrimination and when asked why they experienced this prejudice, respondents cited the following:

• Because of my age – 35.3%
• Because of my gender – 17.6%
• Because of my race – 6%
• Because of my relationship status – 5.9%
• Because I have disabilities – 5.8%

Commenting on the findings, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: “It’s concerning to see that interview discrimination is so rife in the engineering sector, with one in four being affected. More worryingly, over half of professionals in the sector 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, nearly two-thirds of workers in the engineering sector believe that interview discrimination happens often and that the best way to solve this is with better training of interviewers. Further suggestions include creating more awareness of the issue (20.8%), interviewers following a set list of questions for all candidates (20.8%), and interviewers being given a set list of questions that they can’t ask (12.2%).

Biggins concludes: “It’s certainly worrying that so many engineering professionals 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!”
https://www.cv-library.co.uk/


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