A new research study conducted in the United Kingdom found flagrant age, gender and race discrimination related to the interview process.
In the study, applications for 811 jobs in England were submitted by fictional job seekers. U.K. résumés are traditionally different than the format used in the United States. They will include photos of themselves, along with personal details.
To set the controls, the fictional job candidates wrote that they were all employed and had similar educational backgrounds. The only differences were the job seekers’ gender, race, age and length of work experience.
The data reflected that 55-year-old job candidates were up to three times less likely to be chosen to interview for a position compared to younger applicants who have less relevant experience competing for the same role.
A highlighted example pitted 28-year-old white men who possessed 9 years’ of relevant experience competing against 50-year-old white and black men and women with 31 years’ experience, researchers noted that the applications from young white men were:
- 1.8 times more likely to be selected for interview than ones from 50-year-old white men
- 2.3 times more likely to be selected than those from 50-year-old white women
- 2.6 times more likely to be selected than those from 50-year-old black men
- 3 times more likely to be selected than those from 50-year-old black women
The study also revealed that younger men were asked to interview for jobs that paid better than the ones that 50-year-old men were called in to interview for. Fifty-year-old women were selected to interview for jobs that offered a 14% lower compensation than those for 28-year-old white men.