Private and public-sector employers have signed up to recruit graduates on a name-blind basis, the Prime Minister announced yesterday.
Following research which indicates that people with white-sounding names are nearly twice as likely to get job call-backs than people with ethnic-sounding names; Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Ucas, the UK's university admissions service, will carry out "name-blind" applications from 2017.
The same will apply for graduate, apprentice-level and some other applications for organisations including the civil service, BBC, NHS, local government, KPMG, HSBC, Deloitte and Virgin Money.
The Prime Minister said: “I said in my conference speech that I want us to end discrimination and finish the fight for real equality in our country today.
“We are delivering on that commitment and extending opportunity to all. If you’ve got the grades, the skills and the determination, this government will ensure that you can succeed.”
Civil service chief executive John Manzoni said: “I’m delighted to expand the civil service’s use of name-blind applications – not just for all graduate and apprenticeship-level roles, but for many other external applications too.
“It’s vital that the civil service takes a lead on this, and I’m confident that this important step will help us build an organisation that is even more talented, diverse and effective than it is today.”
As an international recruitment consultancy working in a candidate short and specialist market, ALLEN & YORK know the value of being able to source the best talent for each position and we whole heartedly welcome this new initiative.