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What’s in a name?

BY Heather Kemmett
Employment Law & HR
BG Purple

Rather a lot, according to a recent BBC investigation into discrimination by employers during the recruitment process. Two identical CVs were sent out to employers in response to 100 job opportunities, the only difference one candidate was named Adam, the other Mohamed. “Adam” was offered three times as many interviews as Mohamed, despite them have identical skills and experience.


Despite the relatively small sample used in the investigation, further research from the University of Bristol showed that Muslim men are 76% less likely to be employed compared to their white Christian counterparts. Research conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions in 2009 found that ethnic minority candidates were discriminated against in favour of white applicants in 29% of cases.


A move towards “name-blind” applications has been cited as possible solution to this problem but there are many other steps that employers can take to avoid discrimination and promote diversity and equality within the workplace. To find out more about what you can do to protect your organisation, why not come along to our upcoming conference on Equality, Inclusion and Respect taking place in Edinburgh on 28 February and Glasgow on 1 March.


At this very special event we are delighted to welcome along a number of guest speakers, including Ruth Hunt (CEO of Stonewall UK), who are passionate about equality and inclusion and who will share with you their thoughts on how to transform your aspiration of an inclusive workplace into a reality.

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