Racism still rife in recruitment process

A new study by the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has revealed that racial discimination continues to persist throughout the entire recruitment process. It found that for every 9 applications made by a white applicant, sixteen had to be sent by a person with an ethnic minority name so as to receive a positive response i.e. invitation to interview.

The DWP’s report casts aside any pre-conceptions we many have had that the UK has become a more politically correct and tolerant society. Indeed, viewers of Panaroma last night will have seen how apparent the problem of racial discrimintion is in this country despite the UK being given a clean bill of health by the Commissioner for Racial Equality, Trevor Philips. Take James Caan of Dragon’s Den fame as an example.

Cann is one of the UK’s most successful businessmen having made his fortune in the recruitment industry when he started Alexander Mann in 1985. Only last month his holding company, Hamilton Bradshaw Holding Company, launched a new addition to the executive and interim management sector, attenti. But despite his obvious business acumen and proven success, Caan admits that he may not have achieved what he has if he’d kept with his birth name – Nazim Kahn. 

So what are the causes for this discrimination and how can this be addressed and rectified?

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